Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives
Distant Voices, Still Lives

Year

1988

Duration

80 minutes

Genres

Drama

Language

English

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Synopsis

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.

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