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Director Terence Davies's semi-autobiographical film about growing up in late 1940s and early 1950s Liverpool is highly original and technically dazzling in the way it melds sound and image; its marriage of gentle music with scenes of violence giving the film a haunting, dreamlike quality. The world it portrays is immersed in the drabness of post-war England; it's hard to believe watching it that the boys who would become the Beatles were growing up just around the corner from Davies' characters, ready to kickstart what we think of as the wild and optimistic 1960s. Pete Postlethwaite is especially good as the sadistic father here, but all the performances are excellent.
Based on Irish author Frank McCourt's autobiography, this both hilarious and tragic film deals with him growing up in a very poor family in the '30s.
14–16 years 140 mins
An anthem for troubled loners everywhere and an emblem of French cinematic cool, this is the deeply moving tale of a cheeky yet vulnerable schoolboy.
All ages 95 mins
Poetic, nostalgia-filled documentary by Liverpool-born director Terence Davies, looking back to the harsh post-war 1950s and 1960s in his home city.
14+ years 74 mins
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