Distant Voices, Still Lives
A very interesting film from Terence Davies. This film is mesmerizing and says so much in film that can’t fully be described by words alone.
What I like most about the film is that it cuts right through the nostalgia of days past and brings the explosively violent images of Terence’s youth full frontal into the present.
We witness violent abuse, both emotional and physical. My favorite scene in the film is not the first fade to color but the scene where the children are running to the bomb shelter during the blitz and their father hits one of them over the head.
I cringed and sighed knowingly in empathy when i saw the Christmas scene, it reminded me of one of my own with my father. I guess that is why this film hit home, since I had a very angry violent and turbulent working class father myself, it is easy to recognize the character in the film as it would be for many others of the time period,
Terence has really done a splendid job creating a beautiful and captivating piece of art in this film, something to be treasured as a piece of British history for many years to come.