The Long Day Closes

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(out of 5)


Exquisite masterpiece from the filmmaker who always makes movies that seem to come out of lingering dreams. Here he focuses on Liverpool in the post-war era, dipping into his own memories of his mother and his childhood for a seemingly formless but razor-sharp appreciation of all the beauty that life provides in the middle of hardship and chaos. Something as simple as a woman giving her child money to go to the movies becomes incredibly moving under Davies’ deft touch, but it’s not all softness: Davies is as unapologetic about the fun he had with his family as he is about their reaction to having a black man show up on their doorstep. The languid images combine with a whole slew of musical selections from his youth (some of them played in their entirety) to make for a deeply heartfelt exercise in nostalgia. It rides on the edge between conventional narrative cinema and Jarman-esque experimentation, but its beauty is so profound that it never alienates its viewer. Received the rare honour of a ten-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere, and it is easy to see why.


United Kingdom, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by Terence Davies

Cinematography by

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Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1992

The Criterion Collection


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