Drawn from his own family memories, Distant Voices, Still Lives is a strikingly intimate portrait of working class life in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool. Focusing on the real-life experiences of his mother, sisters and brother whose lives are thwarted by their brutal, sadistic father (a chilling performance by Pete Postlethwaite), the film shows us beauty and terror in equal measure. Davies uses the traditional family gatherings of births, marriages and deaths to paint a lyrical portrait of family life - of love, grief, and the highs and lows of being human, a 'poetry of the everyday' that is at once deeply autobiographical and universally resonant.
Misery, the musical
- Distant Voices, Still Lives review by JD
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This is essentially 2 films. Distant voices is set around a physically abusive father and husband. Still lives is set around the weddings of the 3 children. There are so many flash backs and forwards it is difficult to maintain an interest. The theme is life and times of a working class family who sing for about 50% of the film and cry for a similar fraction. Muddled, disjointed and far too much singing to make it feel authentic.