Distant Voices, Still Lives Reviews

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August 30, 2018
For all the formal technique and the theatrically controlled tableaux, the drama is vividly present and alive.
August 28, 2018
Enthralling...
September 22, 2014
With an unfailing eye for place, dcor, costume, and gesture, the director glides his camera through tangles of memories to evoke joys and horrors with a similar sense of wonder.
June 2, 2014
A gripping and original piece of work, itself sure to be remembered as one of the finest films of the year.
June 2, 2014
Just as you think you have its moves all doped out, a scene of such shocking beauty flashes before you that it takes your breath away.
June 2, 2014
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 heartbreak. But that is precisely what Terence Davies delivers.
November 1, 2018
Terence Davies' 1988 debut Distant Voices, Still Lives, newly rereleased by Arrow Academy, deserves to be treasured as one of the great British films.
September 6, 2018
Distant Voices contains some of the most beautiful, poetic filmmaking in British cinema.
June 2, 2014
Even the movie's "smile though your heart is aching" optimism is depressing. What keeps the movie going is the director's always distinctive, sometimes arresting style, and the earnest, authentic acting.
June 2, 2014
A rigorously controlled account of the experience of Davies's older siblings growing up in a working-class Merseyside terrace in the Forties and Fifties.
June 2, 2014
It's a movie of astonishing power and bold originality, marked by poignant humor and a stream of transcendent song that tempers the frequent harshness of the story.
June 2, 2014
The editing is relegated to a series of quick (often mercifully so) blackouts. Time shifts occur at random and often confuse.
June 2, 2014
Screen dreams are strangest and strongest when they hit close to home. In Terence Davies' searing [Distant Voices, Still Lives]... mystery resides in the vision of his mother, magically poised on the hall sill, washing the outside windows.
June 2, 2014
Sadly, most of the time Distant Voices is a hit parade of Father's swiftest punches played to the hit parade that he might have been listening to on the radio.
June 2, 2014
Tinted with all the sensuous pathos of a faded photograph, Terence Davies' 1988 debut remains one of the most stunning British films ever made.
June 2, 2014
In this very personal portrait, Davies, the artist, has re-created universal experiences -- familiar passions and needs -- that draw us to his family's humanity.
August 17, 2012
Arguably Terence Davies' masterpiece, this poetic evocation of the director's childhood in Liverpool is highly stylized and original in conception and execution.
October 18, 2008
This isn't a film based on nostalgia, though; its very special qualities stem from the beautiful simplicity of direction, writing and playing, and the accuracy of the incidents depicted.
December 7, 2007
A rich tapestry, which delves into how our reminiscences work.
May 21, 2007
Brilliant, unique and poignant autobiographical drama.
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