The Long Day Closes
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Terence Davies' blissful, evocative and non-narrative follow-up to his Distant Voices, Still Lives follows a few months in the life of 12-year-old Bud (Leigh McCormack), in impressionistic snatches of his everyday existence growing up in the Liverpool of 1956. Bud's world is influenced by his mother (Marjorie Yates), his older sister Helen (Ayse Owens), and his older brothers John (Nicholas Lamont) and Kevin (Anthony Watson). Bud is a lonely and quiet child whose moments of solace occur when he sits in rapture at the local cinema, watching towering and iconic figures on the movie… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's no traditional story to speak of here, no dramatic conflict to send the characters off on a goal or motivating action to set a series of events in motion. Rather, Davies offers cinematic snapshots capturing privileged moments..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Though not as fully realized and touching as the original masterpiece of Distant Voices, the sequel is very much worth seeing."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This film is a love letter to the cinema."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[T]hough his work is always suffused with melancholy, the predominate feeling of The Long Day Closes is one of deep, enveloping love for the music, movies, and comforts of his youth."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"The Long Day Closes posits its pubescent protagonist as a tiny camera absorbing and transforming the reality all around him."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Davies keeps looking back until it hurts, and that's where his art begins."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"An inventive and lovely celebration of what director Terence Davies calls " the poetry of the ordinary.""
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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