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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

arthouse, Drama, Music 1h 25m 1988

“Reviving and revising the kitchen sink spirit of British cinema, [Terence] Davies relished in the sensual details of the world of his childhood, creating one of the most transfixing feature debuts in all of UK cinema.” — Metrograph

**Winner of the Cannes ‘88 International Critics’ Prize. **

Loosely based on the director’s own family and upbringing, DISTANT VOICES is an evocative account of working-class life in Liverpool, England during the ‘40s and ‘50s. Births, marriages and deaths — and an expressive use of music — provide the underpinning for a beautiful, heartbreaking, resonant but never sentimental film.

Now regarded as a masterpiece of British cinema, and boasting a startling performance from Pete Postlethwaite (ROMEO + JULIET, INCEPTION) as the head of the family, DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES has been treated to a glorious 4K restoration by the British Film Institute.


Terence Davies




United Kingdom


Arrow Films

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