Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives ★★★★★

This film floored me. A narrative that seems to swirl and float like Davies’ camera, through the unmoored memories of a family’s life. A loving mother, two loving daughters, and a loving son, all at the mercy of a merciless father. The melancholy that permeates even the best of times. All this strength and sadness underscored and elevated by the songs the family sings together in the pub.

The only other Terence Davies film I’ve seen is The Long Day Closes, and it’s beautiful. This film felt different, though. Something about Davies’ camera panning across those singing faces felt transcendent. It’s a feeing I get when I watch films like In the Mood For Love and Ordet. Only film can do this.

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