Distant Voices, Still Lives

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Released 1990

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Director:
Terence Davies
Released:
1990
Rating:
PG-13
A compassionate look at a radically dysfunctional family set in the 1940s. The son and his mother must endure the casual and overt cruelties of the bull-necked father. The ongoing abuse takes its toll in the form of failed marriages and misguided attempts at seeking security outside the family unit.

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  • 100

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    An idiosyncratic masterpiece and one of the few films in history that gloriously earns the appellation Proustian. [25 Sep 1989]

  • 100

    Slant Magazine

    Davies transcends the facile trap of misery-porn by tapping into the basic notion that could make musicals so enlivening—music as direct expression, music as emotion felt. One of...

  • 88

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    When a forty-four-year-old man makes a movie about his family and friends sitting around singing old tunes, you certainly don't expect an unforgettable amalgam of humor and heartbr...

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