Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives ★★★★½

Writer and director Terence Davies’ autobiographical film Distant Voices, Still Lives tends a territory of remarkable harmony of warmth and affection with violence and uncontrolled anger. It's constructed in two halves, connected principally through the managing of an abundance of shattered dreams for the films characters, particularly for the women, and continually arrives home to the symbolic framing device of the family’s front door.

Fortunately, the impoverished environment and the hardships of those battling the conditions in the nineteen forties and fifties of Liverpool are juxtaposed with incredible junctures of charm. The film resembles a collection of snapshots of childhood recollections with an abundance of slow dissolves creating a succession of personal cross-sectional vignettes; in similitude to fading photographs of a former generation.

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