The low-budget English production Is Anybody There? is now reaching screens in the United States, thanks to the presence of Michael Caine in the lead role. The action takes place at Lark Hall, a family-run nursing facility. As one aging resident dies, another arrives to take over the bed—a cycle of life and death accepted mostly with a nod and a shrug.
But not by ten-year-old Edward (Bill Milner), the lone child of the house, who has become so obsessed with the frequent turnaround that he has taken to slipping a tape recorder under sickbeds so he can capture the sound of last breaths. He is convinced that something must happen at the moment of passing, something important and profound, something that he hopes to discover on his reel-to-reel.