Eureka Entertainment announce home video release of LIFE OF RILEY

Eureka Entertainment to release LIFE OF RILEY,  the final film by master filmmaker Alain Resnais, on Blu-ray & DVD in a Dual Format edition as part of The Masters of Cinema Series on 25 May 2015.

Eureka! Entertainment have announced the home video release of LIFE OF RILEY, the final film by master filmmaker Alain Resnais (Night and Fog, Hiroshima mon amour, Last Year at Marienbad) featuring a cast of some of Resnais's most frequent collaborators and powerhouses of French cinema and stage, and based on a work by the great English playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Following the recent UK theatrical campaign, Eureka Entertainment will be releasing LIFE OF RILEY in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of their award winning The Masters of Cinema Series on25 May 2015.

Premièred at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival mere weeks before its director's sudden death at 92, the final film by master filmmaker Alain Resnais (Hiroshima mon amour, Last Year at Marienbad, Muriel, Mélo, Providence) marks his third adaptation, penned by Laurent Herbiet and Alex Reval, of a work by the English playwright Alan Ayckbourn (following Smoking / No Smoking and or Private Fears in Public Places). 

When the eponymous George Riley, never seen on-screen, discovers he's been diagnosed with a terminal illness, a circle of friends (played by such powerhouses as Sabine Azéma, André Dussollier, and Hippolyte Girardot), rally and spur him to take part in a play (another Ayckbourn work: Relatively Speaking) with the hope of enriching his final months. Soon after, however, George regains his life-force with full verve, and reattracts the women in his group, threatening their own domestic stability.

With hyper-stylised sets nominally located in a fantastical Yorkshire; scene changes announced by cartoons by the French illustrator Blutch; and even an animatronic mole, which critic Cristina Álvarez López describes in her accompanying essay as "not just a merciless metaphor of George winning over death and returning victoriously to life, not only a sharp comment on the general, patronising attitude toward those who are ill [but] also the best example of how fearlessly Resnais approaches the issues of life and death: as a matter of serious playfulness, of charged lightness." It is that charged lightness, ever-present throughout Resnais's body of work, that makes Life of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter, or To Love, Drink, and Sing) such a thrilling testament. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to release Alain Resnais's (unintentional) swan song in a Dual Format special edition.


  • 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray
  • New and exclusive video interview about the film with critic and scholar Geoffrey O'Brien
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Interviews with the cast
  • 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by critic Cristina Álvarez López; a new note on his collaborations with Alain Resnais by playwright Alan Ayckbourn; and production imagery



  • Label: Eureka
  • Dual Format Cat. No.| EKA70171
  • Dual Format Barcode| 5060000701715
  • Dual Format SRP| £17.99
  • Release Date| 25 May 2015
  • Certificate| 12
  • Run Time| 108 min.
  • OAR| 2.55:1 OAR
  • Picture| Colour
  • Genre| Comedy
  • Director| Alain RESNAIS
  • Year| 2014
  • Country| France
  • Language| French
  • Subtitles| English (Optional)

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Artfully exposing cinema's debt to theatricality, Alain Resnais's impeccably designed take on Alan Ayckbourn's stage study of the secrets and half-truths destabilising a Yorkshire amdram company affords a final opportunity to see a master at work. A mischievously melancholic delight. ★★★★
David Parkinson, Empire
charming, delicately performed and unexpectedly poignant ★★★★
Allan Hunter, Daily Express