#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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. The first part, ‘Distant Voices’, opens with grown siblings Eileen (Angela Walsh), Maisie (Lorraine Ashbourne) and Tony (Dean Williams), and their mother (Freda Dowie) arranged in mourning clothes before the photograph of their smiling father (Pete Postlethwaite). Soon after, the family poses in a similar tableau, but for a happier occasion – Eileen’s wedding. While relatives sing at her reception, Eileen hysterically grieves for her dad, and recalls happy times of her youth. Tony and Maisie’s memories, however, are more troubled. Davies intermingles and contrasts scenes like the family peacefully lighting candles in church with the brutal man beating his wife and terrorizing his young children. In ‘Still Lives’, set (and filmed) two years later, the siblings are settled in life, but not all happily. For Eileen, relief from her drab existence comes only when singing at the pub. With his skillfully composed frames and evocative use of music in place of dialogue, Davies creates a lovely, affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.
Plot: The second film in Terence Davies’s autobiographical series (along with “Trilogy” and “The Long Day Closes”) is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies’s own family. Through a series of exquisite tableaux Davies creates a deeply affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.
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Then film composes its scenes like an impressionistic painting but also like a vintage photo that moves and draws you into it.
In the present day with digital film and Photoshop such effects are common but back in 1988 this required skill from the director, editor and the cinematographer.
Distant Voices, Still Lives are effectively two related short films spliced together.
The first half set during the 1940s is the effect on a family of a tyrannical, brutish father who haunts them even after their death.
The second half takes place in the 1950s with the characters getting married and yet for the women, some of them are never far away from the brutish life of their youth as the men they married might still be prone to violence.
You see the family at weddings, funerals, christening and at the pub. Like Dennis Potter dramas. Music and songs are used to reflect the mood and move the drama along.
Not all songs would be known to the modern ear. Just like some of the drinks the characters order in the pub, the songs they sing belong to another time.
Maybe the singing is too good, I doubt in reality families sung that well in the pub. Debi Jones carries off the difficult songs well, the cast are uniformly good.
Pete Postlethwaite dominates the film even though he is not there for the latter part of the film. Also notice the more cordial relationship he has with his youngest daughter in contrast with his other children.
It is an art house film, it may not suit everyone especially given the number of songs but its is an important British film of the 1980s.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 24 min (84 min)
Genre Drama, Music
Director Terence Davies
Writer Terence Davies
Actors Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Angela Walsh
Country United Kingdom, West Germany
Awards 11 wins & 7 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Laboratory Metrocolor, London, UK
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm