The second film in Terence Daviess autobiographical series (TRILOGY THE LONG DAY CLOSES) is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool based on Daviess own family. The first part DISTANT VOICES opens with grown siblings Eileen (Angela Walsh) Maisie (Lorraine Ashbourne) and Tony (Dean Williams) and their mother (Freda Dowie) arranged in mourning clothes before the photograph of their smiling father (Pete Postlethwaite). Soon after the family poses in a similar tableau but for a happier occasion - Eileens wedding. While relatives sing at her reception Eileen hysterically grieves for her dad and recalls happy times of her youth. Tony and Maisies memories however are more troubled. Davies intermingles and contrasts scenes like the family peacefully lighting candles in church with the brutal man beating his wife and terrorizing his young children. In STILL LIVES set (and filmed) two years later the siblings are settled in life but not all happily. For Eileen relief from her drab existence comes only when singing at the pub. With his skillfully composed frames and evocative use of music in place of dialogue Davies creates a lovely affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.
Release Date: 30 July 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Running Time: 84 minutes
Production Year: 1988
Main Language: English