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Nominated for the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012,
and selected for the 'Best of the Fest' Screenings. Also selected as Mark Kermode's DVD of the Week
in The Observer and on BBC Film 24, and placed in Brad Steven's top five films of 2012 in Sight & Sound.




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Pete, Tom, Claire and Jay are university graduates having trouble making the move into adult life. Beneath the hanging out and the daily routines simmers Pete’s desire to find a spiritual answer to life’s meaning, Jay’s desperate need not to get hurt again, and Tom and Claire’s ever increasing mutual attraction. A thoughtful character drama, LIFE JUST IS is a film about love, death, and, most importantly of all, life itself.




Life Just Is is an independent feature film.

Pete, Tom, Claire and Jay are university graduates having trouble making the move into adult life. Beneath the hanging out and the daily routines simmers Pete’s desire to find a spiritual answer to life’s meaning, Jay’s desperate need not to get hurt again, and Tom and Claire’s ever increasing mutual attraction. A thoughtful character drama, Life Just Is is a film about love, death, and, most importantly of all, life itself.

The debut feature from writer/director Alex Barrett, Life Just Is offers a fresh examination of young adult life.


What people are saying about the film...

'One of the most promising debuts in contemporary cinema'
- Brad Stevens, Sight & Sound contributor & author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision

'A truly thoughtful British debut... The young cast shine'
- Tim Robey, Film Critic for The Telegraph

'This is a written film in a seam that can be traced back to Hal Hartley’s early films'
- Robert Koehler, Film Comment

'Writer/director Barrett delivers a promising debut that pitches four believable characters into the euphoria and dismay of post-uni life'
- David Parkinson, Empire

'Explores the emotionally fraught lives of its young characters with humour, intelligence and compassion'
– Philip Concannon, Phil on Film

'It’s exciting to see a British filmmaker emerge off the blocks with a style all his own'
– Jamie Dunn, The Skinny

'Existential growing pains, angst & understanding, Alex Barrett's characters walk a tightrope of emotions into adulthood, a fraught balancing act of interpersonal negotiations and resignations along which this brilliantly assured new voice in British cinema doesn't miss a step'
- Matthew Thrift, Cinephile

'Witty, moving, charming and well-paced'
- James B. Evans. Contributor to Electric Sheep, Little White Lies and Cinema Scope

'Watch it, and you’ll feel like you’ve made some new friends'
- Tom Roberts, Manager Gate Cinema, Notting Hill and writer for Cinetalk.



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