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Distant Voices, Still Lives

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Original title
Distant Voices, Still Lives
Running time
85 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Terence Davies
Ella Fitzgerald, George Gershwin, Jessye Norman
Patrick Duval
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British Film Institute / Channel Four Films / Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
Drama | 1940s. Family Relationships. Social Drama
Synopsis / Plot
This is a bleak portrait (or rather, two portraits) of a British family just after World War II. The two segments are titled, appropriately enough, "Distant Voices" and "Still Lives." The first revolves around the death of an abusive father and the marriage of the oldest daughter, Eileen, and the second is focused on the marriage of brother Tony. The visual style is dark and brooding, the characters are constantly suffering, and yet in the midst of this torment, the characters sing!
1988: Seminci: Golden Spike: Best Movie
1988: Festival Toronto: FIPRESCI Award
1988: Cannes: FIPRESCI
1988: Locarno Film Festival: Best Film
1988: European Film Awards: Best Composer
1989: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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