Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives ★★★★

I loved The Long Day Closes, and it makes since that it would follow this film. I appreciate Davies' form of nostalgia in the fragmented Distant Voices half. We go from scene to scene like memories, some happy, others horrible. Pete Postlethwaite is great as the father, whose character has odd moments of kindness in between scenes of his abuse. The Still Lives half shows these kids grown up and is a bit more straightforward in its presentation, though still not completely linear. We see how their childhood shaped their lives, and some of their relationships begin to resemble that of their parents'. There's a lot more singing in this than I would have expected, and although I appreciated the use of music, I think it was a bit overdone. Still a great film, as everything I've seen from Davies so far has been.