Terence Davies - Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

Posted By : scalisto | Date : 20 Nov 2008 11:34:00 | Comments : 3 |

Terence Davies - Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
81 min | XviD 576 x 328 | 990 kb/s | 224 kb/s AC3 | 25 fps | 700 MB + 3% recovery record
English | Subtitles: Spanish and English .srt | Genre: Drama | MU/RS

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.

Davies’ storytelling is a unique joy. Images evoke family photos and the struggle of recollection. Voices drift in and out, suggestive of family ghosts and inner demons. Chronology is poetic, and memories are filtered after the event like the film’s washed-out colour palette. The writer-director offers a terrifying tension between the public solidarity of pub sing-a-longs, marriage celebrations and mourning and the private horror of domestic abuse, depression and personal dreams sought and destroyed. The men are the most flawed, but the women, though the heroines of the piece, are compromised too: ‘Why did you marry him, mam?’ asks a daughter. ‘He was nice. He was a good dancer…’ It’s a heartbreaking work. Its cast are phenomenal; its songs flow through the film like blood; and Davies is unflinching in his hunt for truth and full of nothing but love and understanding for his characters. A masterpiece. Time Out Film Guide

Voces en la distancia
A partir de las canciones interpretadas por la familia protagonista en los momentos más dolorosos y, por supuesto, los más alegres, el realizador terence Davies recreó en la pantalla sus recuerdos de infancia con un poder evocador que lo situó entre los grandes maestros ya consagrados. ... En Liverpool, en 1950, un ama de casa llama a sus hijos para que bajen a desayunar. Así comienza el día en que Eileen, la menor, contraerá matrimonio. Atendiendo a los recuerdos de su infancia, Eileen, confiesa que le gustaría que su padre estuviera presente y cada miembro de la familia evoca su recuerdo y la influencia de la figura paterna sobre ellos. A partir de detalles cotidianos de la pequeña comunidad en que viven, comienza a reconstruirse la historia de Inglaterra en las décadas anteriores, uniendo hechos triviales con acontecimientos traumáticos como la guerra.






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Posted By: llewis Date: 20 Nov 2008 14:24:52
I've lived in England for a while...
Terence Davies was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.
FYI, in England this is much better than to be made a 'Sir' by wichever prime minister and Queen/King in the office at the time. Something to do with society being us or wtf.

From Terence, and IMDB:
Work is my raison d'etre and if that's taken away you become a non-person. You're just filling in time till you die.

I don't like being gay. It has ruined my life. I am celibate, although I think I would have been celibate even if I was straight because I'm not good-looking; why would anyone be interested in me? And nobody has been. Work was my substitute.

There's only one thing more embarrassing than an actor with a gun: a British actor with a gun. Ridiculous."

There you go. This is not an easy-to-like-film, but what the heck, so is life.

Thanks for sharing it scalisto. :-)
Posted By: scalisto Date: 20 Nov 2008 15:21:24
"There's only one thing more embarrassing than an actor with a gun: a British actor with a gun. Ridiculous."

Good one! Reminds of the lyrics from a Libertines song: There is no more distressing sight than that/ Of an Englishman in a baseball cap.

Thanks for always taking time to comment on my uploads, llewis. You are officially excused from commenting on "Mister Lonely" and on my next upload "Les visiteurs" :)
Posted By: llewis Date: 21 Nov 2008 04:35:03
My dear scalisto, you got me, I forgot to say something on Mr. lonely, so let me return to basics:
Thank god for Lucho ('El Comandante'), Lisandro and Pablo (Aymar). We would be a lesser people without them here. :-)

Oh, I was forgetting, David (Nalbandian), no Rafa, so go Argentina go!!!