Distant Voices, Still Lives
Cert: PG Year: 1988 Length: 85 mins
Cinema Handout (PDF 103KB)
Score: 75% Attendance: 121
‘Pete Postlethwaite is the autocratic, hypnotic patriarch of a post-war Liverpool working-class family. The rest of the family struggle in his shadow. Extraordinarily, they can only express themselves through songs, persistent seams of feeling through the beautifully-realised bleakness. ‘Long, stately shots combine with impassioned performances to create a visual tour de force unmatched elsewhere in British cinema…this film is a masterpiece.’ (Andrew Pulver, The Guardian)
Formally stunning, a masterfully assembled audiovisual requiem.
Desson Howe, Washington Post
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