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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  17 February 1989 (Finland)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Freda Dowie ...
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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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What a sad sentimental movie
19 March 1999 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

I'm not the sentimental type, I don't know what it was in this movie, the rain, the singing or the sadness of live, but I just got all warm inside. It was such a beautiful film, and it had just the right length too. Very nice.


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