Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
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this is the greatest film I've seen. it hit me hard. when a film gets you to reflect upon what you've just seen and view it as a whole piece of art it is truly magical. its a poetic portrayal of real life and as a result is so powerful in showing how people interact with one another.
a film has never affected me more. at the end credits I was just overwhelmed. i knew elements of it which particularly impressed and connected with me, but couldnt really explain why.. and in a way, the best films can't quite be put into words
As transcendent of a film as I've probably ever encountered, this expressionistic, borderline musical, finds roots in Malick, Fosse and in somewhere much deeper and original than even those masters managed to go. There are few movies that I've seen that come closer to capturing the way the human heart and mind find things - memories, good and bad, all bathed in gold, bathed in simultaneous shock and forgiveness. A cleansing wash and a million other trite attempts to explore the beauty of this quiet, hopeful and mournful little film. "In the Bleak Midwinter" has never meant more.
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This movie ranks #3 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
This movie ranks #56 in Locarno Film Festival - Golden Leopard
This movie ranks #82 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
This movie ranks #219 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #224 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #249 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #251 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #266 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #415 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #794 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #825 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema