The Long Day Closes (T. Davies, 1992)

The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies, 1992)

Almost as poignant a use of stream-of-conscious to portray childhood memory as The Tree of Life. The Long Day Closes combines big, powerful, sweeping images and music to create a poetic, rhythmical film-viewing experience. In what I assume is an autobiographical film, we view Davies’ life as a pre-teen boy with three older siblings and a mother. Numerous fragmented events piled on top of one another, many seeming mostly insignificant, are the staples in this young boy’s life. It’s the small things that shape us just as much as anything and Davies is not afraid of that fact. He’s not worried there no ‘life-altering’ situations or occurrences here, but takes it one relatable step at a time. And the way he paints with such stunning visuals and breath-taking music is a real treat. At times, the film does become a little theatrical, especially with the overuse of the spotlight shining down on the boy protagonist. And the second half of the film is not quite as daringly stream-of-conscious as the first and becomes a little more straightforward in its storytelling. But the final scene, as a spiritual punctuation, is a fitting and beautiful conclusion.  8.75/10

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2 Responses to “The Long Day Closes (T. Davies, 1992)”

  1. Sounds a lot like the stuff I’ve been reading lately of my uncles. Strange what people remember and choose to record.

    • chrisfilm Says:

      A midwest version of this movie would be awesome – though then it might just be called The Tree of Life 🙂

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