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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 18 November 1988 (Italy)
The lives of an English working-class family are told out of order in a free-associative manner. The first part, "Distant Voices", focuses on the father's role in the family. The second part, "Still Lives", focuses on his children.

Director:

Terence Davies

Writer:

Terence Davies
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freda Dowie ... Mother
Pete Postlethwaite ... Father
Angela Walsh Angela Walsh ... Eileen
Dean Williams Dean Williams ... Tony
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Maisie
Sally Davies Sally Davies ... Eileen as a Child
Nathan Walsh Nathan Walsh ... Tony as a Child
Susan Flanagan Susan Flanagan ... Maisie as a Child
Michael Starke ... Dave
Vincent Maguire Vincent Maguire ... George
Antonia Mallen Antonia Mallen ... Rose
Debi Jones Debi Jones ... Micky
Chris Darwin Chris Darwin ... Red
Marie Jelliman Marie Jelliman ... Jingles
Andrew Schofield ... Les
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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In memory, everything happens to music.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Entfernte Stimmen - Stilleben See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$688,329
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The photograph of a man with a pony, on the wall of the living room, is a genuine photo of Terence Davies' father, on whom Pete Poslethwaite's character is closely based. 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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Connections

References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Many-Splendoured Thing
by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster
Conducted by David Firman
Orchestrated by Robert Lockhart
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Beautiful, emotional, poetic...
1 September 2002 | by ledzepp461See 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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