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Ray & Liz (2018)




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In 1990, alcohol makes Richard's father Ray a prisoner in his own bedroom. Ray's estranged wife Liz and neighbour Sid battle for control of Ray, who remains hopeful that Liz will return to him if he manipulates her through his self-destruction. A decade or so earlier, Richard's younger brother Jason - then three years old - is left alone with his hapless Uncle Lol. The lodger tricks Lol into drinking the stash of alcohol hidden in the house and neglecting Jason. Liz violently punishes him upon her return. In 1985 Jason, now 10 years old, goes out with a friend on Bonfire Night but can't find his way home and ends up sleeping in a shed. He is finally taken into care. When a social worker breaks the news to Ray and Liz, Liz cries a little, but quickly forgets...


Critic Reviews for Ray & Liz

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

"Ray & Liz" is formally arresting and rigorous, though not at the expense of its direct emotional force.

August 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An intensely observed narrative feature that draws deeply from Billingham's previous work.

August 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Billingham's compositions are gorgeous -- some of them are close recreations of his published photographs. Yet there is more than superficial beauty at play.

October 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Richard Billingham avoids the most significant pitfalls of autobiographical and social-realist cinema: mawkish sentimentality and over-the-top miserabilism.

October 17, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The whole film is like an incomplete fragment, intriguing if frustrating.

October 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Billingham uses his talent for still photography as much as his own memories to craft a portrait of poverty without pity, through love laced with dysfunction.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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