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If you were missing, would anyone be worried? That’s sort of a tough question to ask someone, but most people would hope to answer in the affirmative. The fact of the matter is though, that people die daily…and no one even notices.

Dreams Of A Life is a documentary that explores the real life case of Joyce Vincent, a woman that died in her London flat in 2003 while wrapping Christmas presents following a mall trip. Her body wasn’t discovered until 3 years later. Here’s a little back story from the filmmakers:

Would anyone miss you? Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life– not even a photograph.

Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life, Dreams of a Life is an imaginative, powerful, multilayered quest, and is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait of London in the eighties—the City, music, and race. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love.

Watch the trailer below.


The film is in UK theaters today. For those stateside, check out the official website to find more details.