The Long Day Closes (1992)

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The Long Day Closes (1992)

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Director:
Terence Davies
Released:
1992
Rating:
PG
The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old "Bud." A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school, but Bud is the center of attention both from the camera's angle and from his doting family. With a gray background, the film fuses clips and audio from classic movies into Bud's dreary childhood and brings it to life with an elegance Bach would bring to your home movies. The overall effect is a montage of memory which seems to ignite flashes of recognition in the viewer.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Slant Magazine

    The Long Day Closes posits its pubescent protagonist as a tiny camera absorbing and transforming the reality all around him.

  • 100

    The A.V. Club A.A. Dowd

    What's uniquely remarkable about The Long Day Closes, Terence Davies' 1992 return to his own childhood, is how gloriously disorganized its story feels.

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    All things considered, The Long Day Closes is a remarkable film -- tender and intelligent, long on mood and short on ''action,'' a cinematic poem that stands head and shoulders abo...

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