By Mark Fields

British actor Bill Nighy has been an asset for the many movies he’s appeared in going back to Love, Actually in 2003, creating memorable, relatable characters in even lesser films: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Emma, The Bookshop, etc. Living goes in that category of lesser film, except that it provides an exquisite showcase for Nighy’s subtle command of acting. The movie tells the touching story of a 1950s government bureaucrat whose pedestrian, riskless work and personal lives are thrown into turmoil by a dire diagnosis. The unexpected news opens a poignant and rewarding new chapter in Mr. Williams’ remaining life.