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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. Read critic reviews

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Outside of Birmingham, Ray and Liz raise their two sons living on the margins of society, performing extreme rituals and breaking social taboos as they deal with issues beyond their control.

Cast & Crew

Richard Ashton
Sid
James Hinton
Dean
Andrew Jefferson-Tierney
Headmaster - Mr. Hale
Adam Partridge
Executive Producer
Ed Talfan
Executive Producer
Daniel Landin
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Tracy Granger
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Emma Rees
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Critic Reviews for Ray & Liz

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  • What distinguishes "Ray & Liz" is its ability to find strange tonal nuances within that terrible sadness; bleak as it is, it's remarkably devoid of bitterness or rancor, and even its most despairing passages are flecked with humor and hope.

    July 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Billingham's famous photos are tough-minded and emotionally painful, silent by virtue of their medium. And his live-action version offers a similar experience.

    July 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Gorgeously photographed on 16mm, Richard Billingham's Ray and Liz counters the grubby, quasi-authentic tenets of so-called British miserablism with humor, beauty, and a sensuality that in no way dilutes the hardships and neglect at its core

    July 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • We often say art "cuts close to the bone," but in its depiction of clinking liquor bottles and drawers of unopened rent notices soaked in dog urine, Ray & Liz slices clean through that bone.

    July 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Performed with absolute commitment by its cast (Justin Salinger and Ella Smith play the younger versions of the title characters), "Ray & Liz" is a quietly harrowing movie.

    July 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • With its very tamped-down emotion, Bellingham's decision not to attempt insight or empathy is the most telling display of the consequences of his story.

    July 10, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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