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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 17 February 1989 (Finland)
The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series ('Trilogy', 'The Long Day Closes') is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freda Dowie ...
Mother
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Angela Walsh ...
Eileen
Dean Williams ...
Tony
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Maisie
Sally Davies ...
Eileen as a Child
Nathan Walsh ...
Tony as a Child
Susan Flanagan ...
Maisie as a Child
Michael Starke ...
Dave
Vincent Maguire ...
George
Antonia Mallen ...
Rose
Debi Jones ...
Micky
Chris Darwin ...
Red
Marie Jelliman ...
Jingles
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Les
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The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series ('Trilogy', 'The Long Day Closes') is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies's own family. The first part, 'Distant Voices', opens with grown siblings Eileen (Angela Walsh), Maisie (Lorraine Ashbourne) and Tony (Dean Williams), and their mother (Freda Dowie) arranged in mourning clothes before the photograph of their smiling father (Pete Postlethwaite). Soon after, the family poses in a similar tableau, but for a happier occasion - Eileen's wedding. While relatives sing at her reception, Eileen hysterically grieves for her dad, and recalls happy times of her youth. Tony and Maisie's memories, however, are more troubled. Davies intermingles and contrasts scenes like the family peacefully lighting candles in church with the brutal man beating his wife and terrorizing his young children. In 'Still Lives', set (and filmed) two years later, the siblings are settled in life, ... Written by Anonymous

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In memory, everything happens to music.

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17 February 1989 (Finland)  »

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Entfernte Stimmen - Stilleben  »

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$688,329 (USA)
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After an initial meeting, Pete Postlethwaite was was not impressed with Terence Davies as director nor the set up of the production. Davies was sure he was going to say no to the film, however his producer said not to worry and when they showed Postlethwaite the trilogy of earlier films Davies had made, he then agreed to star. See more »

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References Limelight (1952) See more »

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In the Bleak Midwinter
by Harold Darke
Choir directed by Simon Preston
Soloist Mary Seers
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Beautiful, emotional, poetic...
1 September 2002 | by (--) – See all my reviews

It gets better each time I see it. The music is brilliant and the story is touching, but in a very melancholy way. This is as close to poetry on film as I have ever seen. I only wish it would be released on DVD.


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