Distant Voices, Still Lives
The BFI Collection
Nicholas Ward Jackson
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.
"Ambitious, intelligent and profoundly moving" – Time Out.
"The best British film in years and maybe the best autobiographical film ever. This two-part tale of a Liverpool family in the war and post-war years has a dazzling force and originality. It is in part animated family album, part threnody for a dead England, part tragedy, part comedy. It is even part musical...The film has that unmistakable stamp of greatness: complete particularity of place, time and character, combined with universality of emotion." – Financial Times.
WINNER: Fipresci Prize at Cannes Film Festival, Golden Leopard Award at Locarno Film Festival, International Critics' Award at Toronto Film Festival, Best Foreign Film from Los Angeles Film Critics Association
UK | English | 1988 | 85 min | HD