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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mother
... Father
Angela Walsh ... Eileen
Dean Williams ... Tony
... Maisie
Sally Davies ... Eileen as a Child
Nathan Walsh ... Tony as a Child
Susan Flanagan ... Maisie as a Child
... Dave
Vincent Maguire ... George
Antonia Mallen ... Rose
Debi Jones ... Micky
Chris Darwin ... Red
Marie Jelliman ... Jingles
... 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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Drama | Music

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18 November 1988 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Entfernte Stimmen - Stilleben  »

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$688,329
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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

Eileen: That's all we need, you singing. As if life isn't purgatory enough without that.
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References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Vaughan Williams Pastoral Symphony
Written by Ralph Vaughan Williams (uncredited)
Soprano Susan Bullock
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Amazing
16 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film caught me 14 years ago when I first saw it.. and yesterday I was really touched by it again. A registration of 'forgotten' times somewhere during....the first half of the 20th century in Britain...a Totally Overwhelming sense of melancholy filmed in an extraordinary way by Terence Davies.A true work of art. The excellent idea of calling up emotions by letting the characters sing the sing-along songs of the era.... Then there is the photography of this film...seldom have i seen a modern day movie that brings up past times as this piece of wonder.... very , very tastefully done...the coloring and costume designs , the decorations...everything works to give you the idea that you'r staring into a timemaschine...wow.. amazing ! Heartbraking story of 'normal lives , by normal people , who are all gone and 'forgotten'... Still one of the most amazing pieces of cinema around !


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