Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives ★★★★

After the wonderful "Trilogy", Davies continues his journey through memory and space, this time portraying the joys and troubles of a working class family in the Liverpool of the 1940s and 1950s that very much resembles his own. It's cinema as an unconscious tapestry, with scenes arranged in a circular manner, in a way that is reminiscent of stream of consciouness in literature. It's remarkable what Davies does in terms of texture, especially considering the positioning of actors and light (some frames might come straight from a scene by Vermeer), but also regarding the use of music, which works very often as dialogue.