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The Terence Davies Trilogy (1983)

Davies' film is divided into three segments entitled "Children", "Madonna and Child", and "Death and Transfiguartion". The segments tell the life of Robert Tucker. The first segment looks ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Mawdsley ... Robert Tucker (as a Child) (segment: Children)
Nick Stringer ... Robert's Father (segment: Children)
... Robert's Mother (Middle-Aged) (segment: Children) (as Val Lilley)
... Robert Tucker (as a Young Man) (segment: Children)
Colin Hignett ... Bully #1 (segment: Children)
Robin Bowen ... Bully #2 (segment: Children)
Harry Wright ... Teacher #1 (segment: Children)
Phillip Joseph ... Teacher #2 (segment: Children)
... Man in Shower (segment: Children)
Linda Beckett ... Neighbour (segment: Children)
Bill Maxwell ... (segment: Children)
Elizabeth Estensen ... Nurse (segment: Children)
Malcolm Hughes ... Man in Bedroom (segment: Children)
Kate Fahy ... Neighbour (segment: Children) (as Katherine Fahey)
Marjorie Rowlandson ... Neighbour (segment: Children)
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Davies' film is divided into three segments entitled "Children", "Madonna and Child", and "Death and Transfiguartion". The segments tell the life of Robert Tucker. The first segment looks at his birth and formative years in school, an austere boy's school. The bleak environment is not aided by the loveless, violent domestic life he experiences. Nonetheless, his father's death has a major impact on him. In the second segment, he is a closeted homosexual working in a grim office and still living at home with his daunting mother. In the final segment, he deals with his mother's death and then faces his own impending doom. As his death approaches he flashes back to his life's events. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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An Amazing Director and Poignant film.
12 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

I just watched these 3 short films last night.

I must say, It's quite eerie to have images of the film stick to your mind even though it was shot in black and white. I felt something at the end of the trilogy or the last scene which I've never seen before in any cinematic movie. The directors commentary stated that it was short in one take. It was beautiful yet intimidating and well eye opening.

You should definitely find this in your library there.

Since the dialog is limited, the most powerful line was in the last short film when the child was asked by the nun, "do you love god?" to which the boy replied "yes I do". It was a case of brain washed Catholicism where the child or children could not even say, "I don't know" in fear that turning against an unknowing God might bring down some unearthly punishment.

I loved it and has given me respect for more independent film makers like Davies.


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