The Long Day Closes

Terence Davies’ follow-up to Distant Voices, Still Lives extends his autobiographical memoirs into the ’50s. Eleven-year-old Bud finds escape from the greyness of ’50s Britain through trips to the cinema and in the warmth of family life. But as he gets older, the agonies of the adult world; the casual cruelty of bullying, the tyranny of school and the dread of religion, begin to invade his life. Time and memory blend and blur through Davies’ fluid camerawork; slow tracking shots, pans and dreamlike dissolves combine to create the world of Bud’s imagination and the lost paradise of his childhood.