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Terence Davies

Distant Voices, Still Lives

84' - 1988 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Terence Davies With: Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Angela Walsh
This is a unique film, a labour of love that should communicate its deeply felt emotions about British family life. This film is obviously autobiographical, dealing with a family called Davies and their lives during the forties and fifties. The film is divided into two parts: "Distant Voices" centers on the wedding of Eileen, eldest of the three Davies children, and the funeral of her father, events which spark memories of the past, including the frightening war years. Part two, "Still Lives" is a seamless continuation which climaxes with the wedding of another of the Davies-clan: son Tony. This is not a film based on nostalgia; its very special qualities stem from the beautiful simplicity of direction, writing and playing.

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Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Angela Walsh


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Jennifer Howarth

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Countries of production

United Kingdom, West Germany




Terence Davies
Children (short, 1976), Madonna and Child (short, 1980), Death and Transfiguration (short, 1983), The Terence Davies Trilogy (1983), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Long Day Closes (1992), The Neon Bible (1995), House of Mirth (2000), Of Time and the City (2008), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Sunset Song (2015), A Quiet Passion (2016), But Why? (short, 2021), Benediction (2021)

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