This film is brilliant. It functions under the assumption, contrary to the mainstream filmmaking, that all you need to do to care about someone is to spend time with them. You don’t need a plot, you don’t need a twist, you don’t need a central desire. You just need a person in time to spend time with.
I was struck by the elegance of the photography. I was struck by the frankness of each vignette. I was struck by the use of singing as a pub tradition as a way into the souls of these people.
Final thoughts: I had read about the impressionistic approach Distant Voices, Still Lives takes long before I’d finally watched it. And I think this technique is incredible. Just like in painting, a series of carefully calibrated strokes and splatters ultimately paints a whole. Brilliant