The Living Wake Synopsis
After his doctor tells him he is dying, a self-important artist makes preparations for his demise.
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Time Out New York

Sol Tryon’s dark, irrepressibly hilarious fable offers highbrow absurdism and low-budget filmmaking at their most clever and outlandish.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By John P. McCarthy
There's nothing more irritating than a piece that strains to be kooky and eccentric, yet one reason The Living Wake ultimately gets to you...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Audiences will be either captivated or irritated, depending on their tolerance for high-concept whimsy and high-energy theatrics. By the...
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The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
The Living Wake is cursed with a permanent smirk of smug self-satisfaction: It’s so delighted with itself that it leaves audiences out of...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
The number of clearly talented individuals who committed themselves to the folly of The Living Wake were fearless too.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
This is a terminally whimsical vanity project that would probably have been a chore to sit through even in its original intended format, a...
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Village Voice

From an opening newsreel biography to a climactic Viking funereal ceremony, the film's absurdity proves oppressive, its linguistic...
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Rated PG-13 | For sexual material