Rent Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

3.6 of 5 from 134 ratings
1h 20min
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Synopsis:
Drawn from his own family memories, 'Distant Voices, Still Lives' is a strikingly intimate portrait of working class life in 1940's and 1950's 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.
Actors:
, , , , , Sally Davies, Nathan Walsh, Susan Flanagan, , , , Debi Jones, , , , , , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Jennifer Howarth
Voiced By:
Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams
Writers:
Terence Davies
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Music & Musicals
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/07/2007
Run Time:
80 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Full Feature Commentary By Director Terence Davies
  • Filmed Interview With Terence Davies
  • Filmed Introduction With Art Director Miki Van Zwanenberg
  • Original Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/10/2018
Run Time:
83 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Q&A with Terence Davies (2018, 32 mins): recorded after the UK premiere of the new restoration at BFI Southbank
  • Audio commentary by Terence Davies: the director scrutinises his film in this commentary from 2007
  • Interview with Terence Davies (2007, 20 mins): director Terence Davies discusses his work with film critic Geoff Andrew
  • Interview with Miki van Zwanenberg (2007, 7 mins): the film's art director looks back on its making Introduction by Mark Kermode (2016, 2 mins)
  • Images of Liverpool in Archive Film (1939-42, 62 mins): three archive shorts depicting the city of Liverpool and its community
  • Original and 2018 Trailers
  • Image Gallery

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Reviews (2) of Distant Voices, Still Lives

Misery, the musical - Distant Voices, Still Lives review by JD

Spoiler Alert
19/04/2016

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.

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Great atmosphere. - Distant Voices, Still Lives review by PV

Spoiler Alert
18/10/2019

In spite of the sleeve notes being inaccurate, or rather misleading, this was an amazing look into the times gone by.

Kenneth Horne and Kenneth Williams did not star in this film, but were a few seconds of sound bites from past radio programmes.

The real stars were Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Dean Williams, Lorraine Ashbourne and Sally Davies.

The supporting cast were absolutely faultless. I even recognised a teenage Pauline Quirke.

Well worth a nostalgic visit; happy, sad and occasionally frightening, plus quite a few musical moments.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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