Ray & Liz

Critics Consensus

Ray & Liz takes an unflinching look at lives impacted by poverty whose lingering impact is enhanced by writer-director Richard Billingham's refusal to indulge in sentimentality.



Total Count: 45


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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...


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