Dreams of A Life

Dreams of A Life

DVD - 2012
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An imaginative and multi layered quest to go beyond the newspaper reports and solve the mystery of who 38-year-old Joyce Vincent was and why she lay undiscovered for three years after her death in one of the busiest parts of London. Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above Shopping City in Wood Green. Nobody noticed. Nearly three years later, her flat was forced into by authorities due to lack of rent payment.
Publisher: [United States] : Strand Releasing, 2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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readinJC
Aug 20, 2017

The story was fascinating, although a bit confusing to watch as it jumps around a bit, as other reviewers have mentioned. Turn on the captioning to catch all the dialogue. Be sure to watch the Behind the Scenes extras, which give some additional information that I thought should have been included in the film. Although the production was far from seamless, the tragic story of this person's life and the story surrounding her death made the film captivating to me.

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Gadgetgreg
Aug 22, 2014

Good story concept. Extremely poor execution.

harrybrowne Jun 30, 2014

If this weren't a true story it would be incredible. But it is, and one of the saddest stories you will ever see. That this beautiful young woman ended up as she did is gut-wrenching and inexplicable. There is no easy explanation for her story, and probably never will be. See it and weep for her.

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meyoubou
Nov 14, 2013

Totally fascinating and unusual.

VahiniG Apr 27, 2013

I watched this doc a week back or so and I can't stop thinking about Joyce Vincent and the circumstances of her death. She was a pretty girl and a lot of people liked her. Yet, nobody took the time to be in touch with her, so she (somehow) lay dead for three years. We will never know how she died and that is frustrating. I am glad that there are so many perspectives in this documentary because it lessens bias.
This film reminded me that in our fast paced lives we must take the time to communicate with the people we care about. Life is short.

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matcat44
Apr 10, 2013

Watched for about ten minutes trying to figure out if it was going anywhere. Couldn't really understand the accents - and I'm a Brit - it was grim looking and I decided I had better things to do.

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maggie16
Apr 01, 2013

Concept of finding people who knew Joyce Vincent was commendable but presentation was confusing and frustrating as comments from these people was presented without introducing who they were and how they knew her. It took an hour into the program to really understand the background of the comments. Content that could have been well told in an hour was stretched to an hour and a half which diluted the impact.

mmg2681 Mar 14, 2013

An interesting storry about a woman who was found dead after several years. This documentary goes through who knew her, what they knew of her, and how she could have gone so long that no one checked in on her for several years. She was found laying on her sofa with the TV on...several years after her passing. It's a sad story, really.

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