I had an exam today in my Software Engineering course. I came back a little after 4 and needed to decompress. I couldn’t have picked a better movie. I had watched two Terence Davies films (Distant Voices, Still Lives and Of Time And The City) before so it was no surprise that I was being transported back to 1950’s Liverpool again.
Once again there is no real story. It’s an experience. Davies creates a carefully controlled, almost Arthur Freed like idyllic world into which Davies lightly weaves sadness and intolerance. I don’t know how to explain more without giving too much away. Think of Amarcord (1973) and I, Vitelloni (1953), but taken out of an organic existence where life and death meet and instead being tossed out into the cold where rigidity of rules, love, and being bind life and community. The only true warmth comes when people sing.
Sad and yet I couldn’t stop smiling. See it, this film is well worth your time.