Distant Voices, Still Lives
DIRECTOR: TERENCE DAVIES
CAST: PETE POSTLETHWAITE, FREDA DOWIE, ANGELA WALSH
Terence Davies’s breakthrough, which announced the emergence of a visionary talent when it premiered at Cannes in 1988, is a memoir movie of family life in the working-class Liverpool of the 1950s. The great Pete Postlethwaite dominates the film as a tyrannical patriarch based on Davies’s own father who, even after his early death, continues to exert an ominous influence on the family left behind—though the film is as much a celebration of feminine resilience as a study of masculine domestic terrorism. Reviving and revising the kitchen sink spirit of British cinema, Davies relished in the sensual details of the world of his childhood, creating one of the most transfixing feature debuts in all of UK cinema.
New 4K restoration from the original 35mm negative by the BFI under the supervision and approval of director Terence Davies. An Arrow Films release.