Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives ★★★★½

Plenty of tears and smiles to be had in a film that is a collection of memories of a family and their lives over the course of the 40's and 50's. It's about so much more than what's on the surface. A scene of a group of family friends singing in a bar can make you cry for reasons' you can't even fully put into words.

Davies weaves this with such truth about human relationships and their complexity and depth. The same person that can curse a man for his violence and treatment of them can cry because they miss him on their wedding day. The same people that watch their parents struggle through a poor marriage can end up in one themselves. For as much pain and struggle and violence that exists in this, i somehow found it reassuring that the characters were able to hold each other up and still find moments of joy and togetherness.

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