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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 18 November 1988 (Italy)
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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Eileen as a Child
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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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18 November 1988 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

Quotes

Uncle Ted: I've switched the light off. I don't know whether I'm doing right or wrong.
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Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Around
Words & Music Sadie Vimmerstedt and Johnny Mercer
© Commander Publications
British publisher Warner Bros Music Ltd.
Used by kind permission of Warner Bros Music Ltd.
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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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