Story of a family of Scottish farmers formed by four children and a mother who live repressed under their father’s authoritarianism. A classic melodrama told from the point of view of the older sister during her evolution from teenager to woman.
Based on a novel of the same name by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the penultimate film by the great Terence Davies tells the story of a woman named Chris who lives with her family under the orders of an authoritarian father in northern Scotland. In this rural, patriarchal world, it’s almost unacceptable for a woman to choose her own life, and the way in which Chris will make her way is rough, to say the least (breaking up with her father) and maybe failed (breaking up her marriage). But, more than the story of a personal odyssey in adverse conditions, it’s an anti-war film. Davies doesn’t merely illustrate novels; he has the very elegance of a filmmaker that never renounces form, as can be seen in the five fixed shots with which he starts a scene at a wake, or in the moving sequence after the birth of the twin brothers while we hear the classic “Wayfaring Stranger.” RK
D, G: Terence Davies F: Michael McDonough E: David Charap DA: Andy Harris S: Loic Collignon P: Roy Boulter, Sol Papadopoulos, Nicolas Steil CP: Hurricane Films, BFI Film Fund, Iris Productions, BBC Scotland, Luxembourg Film Fund, Creative Scotland I: Peter Mullan, Agyness Deyn, Jack Greenlees, Kevin Guthrie, Ian Pirie
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He was born in Liverpool, England, in 1945. He directed the autobiographical trilogy made up by the shorts Children (1976), Madonna and Child (1980) and Death and Tranfiguration (1983), and such features as The House of Mirth (2000), Of Time and the City (2008) and The Deep Blue Sea (2011; Bafici ’12).