The Long Day Closes (1992)
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Terence Davies' blissful, evocative and non-narrative follow-up to his Distant Voices, Still Lives follows a few months in the life of 12-year-old Bud (Leigh McCormack), in impressionistic snatches of his everyday existence growing up in the Liverpool of 1956. Bud's world is influenced by his mother (Marjorie Yates), his older sister Helen (Ayse Owens), and his older brothers John (Nicholas Lamont) and Kevin (Anthony Watson). Bud is a lonely and quiet child whose moments of solace occur when he
Sep 12, 1992 Wide
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There's no traditional story to speak of here, no dramatic conflict to send the characters off on a goal or motivating action to set a series of events in motion. Rather, Davies offers cinematic snapshots capturing privileged moments...
[T]hough his work is always suffused with melancholy, the predominate feeling of The Long Day Closes is one of deep, enveloping love for the music, movies, and comforts of his youth.
Davies keeps looking back until it hurts, and that's where his art begins.
Though not as fully realized and touching as the original masterpiece of Distant Voices, the sequel is very much worth seeing.
The Long Day Closes posits its pubescent protagonist as a tiny camera absorbing and transforming the reality all around him.
An inventive and lovely celebration of what director Terence Davies calls " the poetry of the ordinary."
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