The Living Wake
The Living Wake (2010)

"The Living Wake" is a dark comedy set in a timeless storybook universe. Self-proclaimed artist and genius, K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell), has one day to live. He has enlisted his best and only friend, Mills Joquin (Jesse… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 21, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

In all, it's a peculiar piece of absurdist entertainment that occupies a singular niche in American indie cinema.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Strains to accommodate its daft premise and pontificating lead.

Don R. Lewis
Film Threat

Funny, touching, insane, ridiculous and brilliant are just a few words I would use to describe "The Living Wake." Films like this need to be seen so seek it out, you'll be glad you did.

Robert Koehler

In the end, however, pic defies all categorization, joining a small pantheon of pics including "Withnail & I" and Peter Greenaway's "Drowning byNumbers" that whistle past the graveyard with aplomb.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

This is a terminally whimsical vanity project that would probably have been a chore to sit through even in its original intended format, a 20-minute stage monologue.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

An out-of-the-blue delight...I found (central character K. Roth) Binew to be inspiring and damn funny in his lack of a psychological/vocal filter.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Sol Tryon's The Living Wake seems but a protracted act of stultifying self-indulgence -- but then maybe that's the point.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Wes Anderson has much to answer for.

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

An alienating experience up until the final fifteen minutes when, during the titular ceremony, it suddenly seems loveable-like an annoyingly oafish pup that won't stop nuzzling until you break down and scratch its belly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An eccentric with a mysterious, fatal illness spends the last day of his life searching for his father who will deliver a "brief but powerful… More
Jesse Ortega
Mixed thoughts about this movie. On the one hand it is definitely a very quirky and eccentric film, with an oddly entertaining main character, K. Roth Binew… More
Cast: Mike O'Connell, Jesse Eisenberg, Jim Gaffigan, Ann Dowd, Eddie Pepitone, Diane Kagan, Matthew Cowles, Jill Larson, Kurt Haas Director: Sol Tryon… More
Walter M.
For the record, K. Roth Binew(Mike O'Connell, who also co-wrote the script) is not a relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. Rather, he is a… More