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This follow-up to British director Terence Davies' Distant Voices, Still Lives is a powerful and poetic portrait of one boy's life as he grows up in the Liverpool of the 1950s. The family of 11-year-old Bud don't have much money, and he also has a tough time at the Catholic school where he is bullied by the other pupils and mistreated by the teachers. But he does find a refuge in the "icture shows (the movies) - and using snippets of dialogue from such classic films of the time as The Ladykillers and The Magnificent Ambersons, The Long Day Closes becomes a beautiful and haunting tribute to the wonders of film as seen from a child's point of view.
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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