#607: Distant Voices, Still Lives

otuheofokiaolqpggx9zakgafw5#607 – Distant Voices, Still Lives, 1988, Terence Davies

The second film in Terence Davies’s autobiographical series (along with “Trilogy” and “The Long Day Closes”) is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies’s own family. Through a series of exquisite tableaux Davies creates a deeply affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.

#975: The Long Day Closes

tosqg9sjlu7srl2hzxsq2n5gqfw#975 – The Long Day Closes, 1992, Terence Davies

Set in Kensington, a working-class district of Liverpool, England in mid-1950s, this is the story of eleven-year-old Bud, a sad and lonely boy. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local ‘picture-house’. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school, but Bud is the centre of attention both from the camera’s angle and from his doting family.