Terence Davis' lyrical hymn to childhood revisits the same territory at his prize winning debut feature distant voices, still lives, this time focusing on his own memories of growing up in a working-class, catholic family in Liverpool. Eleven-year-old bud (a heartbreaking performance from Leigh McCormack) finds escape from the greyness of 50's Britain through trips to the cinema and in the warmth of family life. But as he gets older, the agonies of the adult world-the casual cruelty of bullying, the tyranny of school and the dread of religion-begin to invade his life.
From Liverpool with love
- Long Day Closes review by JB
We enjoyed this film. Bud shows what it was like to grow up as a boy during the 1950s in a working-class, catholic community in Liverpool. The unremittingly dismal weather is leavened by good music, sung by his mother et al; trips to the cinema; a supportive family; and love. Even the draconian school master and nit nurse can be endured. Catholic rituals too, but they don't seem to help much. Bud spends a lot of time watching the passing scene and pondering what his part in it might become.
There is some very good cinematography, including many good images – and cloudscapes.
The opening credits are so elegant as to be almost illegible, but the sub-titles for the hard of hearing are good.