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/10
853 Ratings

DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES

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Directed by Terence Davies
United Kingdom, West Germany, 1988
Drama, Music
      English
      English

Synopsis

Set in 1940s England, a son and his mother must endure the casual and overt cruelties of the bull-necked father. The ongoing abuse takes its toll in the form of failed marriages and misguided attempts at seeking security outside the family unit.

Our take

While Ken Loach is the best-known British auteur when it comes to portraying working-class lives, don’t forget this moving masterwork by Terence Davies. Drawing on his upbringing and paced to the rhythms of 1940s popular songs, Davies’ first feature length drama is a family story flush with passion.

Synopsis

Set in 1940s England, a son and his mother must endure the casual and overt cruelties of the bull-necked father. The ongoing abuse takes its toll in the form of failed marriages and misguided attempts at seeking security outside the family unit.

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Distant Voices, Still LivesDirected byTerence Davies
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Awards & Festivals

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Cannes Film Festival
1988 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize (Directors' Fortnight)
Locarno International Film Festival
1988 | Winner: Golden Leopard
Independent Spirit Awards
1990 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

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