Set in a world before Elvis, a Liverpool before the Beatles, 'Distant Voices, Still Lives' is a remarkable evocation of working-class family life in the 40s and 50s — a visionary exploration of memory.
In a powerful succession of searing vignettes, Davies paints an autobiographical picture of a family dominated by an oppressive patriarch. The women in the family achieve partial escape from his dominance through the popular songs of the period that punctuate the narrative, provoking the idea of ‘a kind of musical’.
Today, thirty years after its first release, Terence Davies’ poetic masterpiece has acquired the status of a British classic. This restoration from the BFI National Archive enables a whole new audience to experience its visual beauty, life-affirming humour and extraordinary emotional power.
★★★★★ "Its austere beauty, artistry and wrenching sadness are undimmed after 30 years" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian