The Long Day Closes

The story of eleven-year-old Bud, a sad and lonely boy. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school, but Bud is the center of attention both from the camera’s angle and from his doting family.

The Deep Blue Sea

Master chronicler of post-War England Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering, obsessive love alienates the men around her and destroys her well-being. Based on Terence Rattigan’s play, made famous by countless actresses. [Courtesy of TIFF]

Of Time and the City

Of Time and The City is both a love song and a eulogy to the directors birthplace of Liverpool. It is also a response to memory, reflection and the experience of losing a sense of place as the skyline changes and time takes it toll. The visual content of “Of Time and the City” consists largely of archival clips of Liverpool from the 1940s to the ’60s, their nostalgic charm darkened by accompanying music and by the counterpoint of Mr. Davies’s dry, at times dyspeptic voice-over narration. His voice thickens with emotion as he recalls the delights of juvenile moviegoing or the ritual of a holiday trip to New Brighton, and hardens with contempt when he turns his gaze on the hoopla surrounding Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.

Sunset Song

Terence Davies returns with this adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel about a farming family struggling to eke out a living in northeast Scotland. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]