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The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old "Bud." A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. 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.(imdb)

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Apr 10 mate_cosido
100 97%
Mar 01 DrWade42
91 94%
Feb 27 Omar96amri
77 14%
Feb 17 strangelime
90 79%
Feb 02 thirdeye42
65 11%
Jan 27 tarr
60 17%
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86 94%
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86 89%
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45 20%
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62 5%
Dec 23, 2017 fireplacer
70 42%
Dec 20, 2017 Systematicer
70 69%
Dec 06, 2017 vitruvian vitruvian
85 66%
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
50 26%
Nov 23, 2017 Kobaruon Kobaruon
20 4%
Oct 01, 2017 sandrikoti
100 67%
Sep 29, 2017 auhasarderik auhasarderik
9 90%
Nostalgia nirvana. Logic, plot, "life", thrown out the damn lit window. Deeply moved by this.
Sep 20, 2017 izwt936g
30 26%
Sep 07, 2017 kendell kendell
100 99%
Aug 08, 2017 fartsahin fartsahin
65 46%
Jul 05, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
49 33%
Jun 30, 2017 bitterbill bitterbill
55 47%
Jun 10, 2017 Sandro Sandro
90 45%
Jun 02, 2017 hsncomert hsncomert
70 73%
Apr 28, 2017 rframe2
95 93%
Apr 17, 2017 Gody85 Gody85
78 92%
Apr 17, 2017 zmoats zmoats
87 77%
Mar 20, 2017 thrillington
100 87%
Mar 19, 2017 Communicants Communicants
85 87%
Feb 24, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
76 95%
Jan 04, 2017 Peeperkorn41
85 81%
Dec 04, 2016 nickv nickv
79 89%
Dec 01, 2016 svenerik svenerik
100 99%
Nov 21, 2016 Ronin22
71 87%
Nov 17, 2016 Yasbane Yasbane
55 18%
Nov 02, 2016 jerrywarton
69 68%
Nov 01, 2016 djross djross
20 2%
The tapestry of dreams and memories can, so it seems, be remarkably uninteresting. Lasted as long as I could.
Nov 01, 2016 jgreenwood jgreenwood
10 0%
Oct 28, 2016 felipelahm felipelahm
85 91%
As movie audios (Welles, Garland) are put together with oldies (Doris, Nat), Davies crafts a film about growing up in post-WWII Liverpool. A boy lives from film to film, as memories creep into his life while he goes to church, gets beaten at school and stays home singing and listening to people singing. Davies dissolves and pans the camera to chronicle cinema as the only shelter for memories, dreams and fantasies. Cinema as true storytelling. No real conflicts or catharsis. Just breezy images.
Sep 28, 2016 zmt311 zmt311
67 40%
Sep 07, 2016 blim8183
90 94%
Aug 07, 2016 daffodil907 daffodil907
60 34%
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
60 36%
Jun 07, 2016 Phantom_Nook Phantom Nook
55 8%
May 27, 2016 Ringshifter Ringshifter
89 89%
May 11, 2016 niviskar niviskar
73 28%
Apr 05, 2016 drpretenamen
90 79%
Apr 02, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
18 95%
Mar 21, 2016 M-B-M
8 94%
Mar 02, 2016 RavynLoony RavynLoony
67 74%
Feb 25, 2016 WBadger WBadger
91 91%
Feb 09, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
10 5%
Jan 14, 2016 ForrestQ ForrestQ
58 23%
Dec 31, 2015 jeffv jeff_v
86 96%
Dec 31, 2015 wetwillies wetwillies
90 74%
As pure and warm a love letter to popular art as one could ever hope for, and a lovely treatise on the faulty nature of memory and how beautiful that sometimes can be. Reminds me of sitting in a cafe in the dead of winter at a low point in both of our lives; my misery has faded, and now I miss the comforting amber glow of the cafe lights. Does that make sense? The way that Davies moves his camera is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Dec 31, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
41 91%
Dec 26, 2015 Redfern
90 83%
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73 48%
Dec 07, 2015 acrolyne acrolyne
64 26%
Dec 05, 2015 maborosi maborosi
71 67%
Nov 28, 2015 Radlizzard
0 0%
Nov 22, 2015 phil_ii phil-
94 95%
Nov 14, 2015 Swoony Swoony
73 33%
Nov 03, 2015 sezide57 sezide5à7
86 86%
Oct 31, 2015 Niska Niska
51 93%
Oct 30, 2015 Hennimore
67 30%
Oct 22, 2015 ITBSPodcast ITBSPodcast
100 %
"There's no MGM musical scored to a gay romance, you know?" http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2014/09/episode-30-first-terence-davies-episode.html
Oct 18, 2015 JQuentin
82 98%
Oct 16, 2015 Midaso
6 76%
Oct 03, 2015 krnc
90 93%
Sep 29, 2015 BigEvil Nathan S
5 94%
A bittersweet slice-of-life period piece at face value, elevated into a personalized meta-aesthetic movie about movies. The framing is so deliberately boxy, the lighting literally beams, and the characters gaze into the camera and back at the viewer. It is high concept, referential, and indulgent; highly evocative of an era, of childhood reminiscence, and of the inspirational forces of cinema itself. It's such an extraordinarily beautiful and endearing picture, and one which moves me profoundly.
Sep 24, 2015 pyrosexual pyrosexual
70 29%
Sep 24, 2015 loc42 loc42
80 79%
Davies successfully creates the logic of the "memory" within the cinematic realm: just like the events from our past, the movie is constituted of seemingly still images with almost no significant dialogues. I think our memories work like that too, it juxtaposes images from the past in a silent but very emphasized way, similarly Davies holds the space constant and lets the time pass, so that the childhood memories occur in a juxtaposed stream, a poetic formalist movie on childhood. Beautiful.
Aug 31, 2015 DancingP
85 91%
Aug 23, 2015 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
9 95%
Aug 20, 2015 cat9man cat9man
80 57%
Aug 09, 2015 redux
0 0%
Jul 03, 2015 gargantua gargantua
83 88%
Jun 18, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
90 78%
May 09, 2015 khanbaliq2
80 53%
Apr 24, 2015 aerrich
70 86%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
100 95%
Apr 16, 2015 cardsos01
90 98%
Apr 05, 2015 10kfilms
80 76%
Jan 21, 2015 Mikado
77 78%
Jan 18, 2015 petcor80
80 59%
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80 66%
Jan 14, 2015 dumbjaw dumbjaw
66 55%
Jan 11, 2015 mightysparks mightysparks
50 39%
Jan 08, 2015 kubbrick
100 81%
Jan 06, 2015 IDYmilkshake IDYmilkshake
80 80%
Jan 02, 2015 MA M_A
82 84%
Dec 13, 2014 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
77 77%
Probably the quintessential Davies film.
Nov 22, 2014 sebby sebby
68 57%
Nov 20, 2014 Melvelet
80 46%
Nov 17, 2014 jocimarjr jocimarjr
90 67%
Oct 08, 2014 burksta LB94
82 72%
Sep 21, 2014 Tatanka
78 85%
Sep 10, 2014 Groooan
45 92%
Sep 03, 2014 cinemahell cinema_hell
72 38%
Aug 29, 2014 dsjoerdsma
93 97%
Aug 28, 2014 sellis
93 92%
Whoa. Kieslowski made The Mirror after falling in love with Malick. They say film is photography + music + literature. This is closer to dream. Each shot is a masterpiece. The frame is treated as a canvas, and you feel it. And the softest, most orgasmic lighting, and vivid textures (snow, rain, dust), and silky dream movements of the camera like some ghost who can see the melancholy in the moments, even the happy ones. You are here eavesdropping on this fading youth. Euphoric cinema.
Aug 03, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
100 98%
Jul 25, 2014 elmakebabi elmakebabi
60 36%
Jul 07, 2014 Yiannos Yiannos
85 96%
(Viewed on 10/05/14): Time, memory, music and cinema; an evocative mix of melancholy and nostalgia; a romantic longing for a bygone era free of trite sentiment; a wistful reflection on childhood and those special moments of discovery. The impressionist, non-narrative approach emphasises feelings over ideas, which perfectly reflects the nature of memory. Davies' painterly images burn slowly into your mind. Think 'Tree Of Life', except without the cosmological bullshit.
Jun 04, 2014 cayh
60 22%
May 12, 2014 willow
97 96%
Apr 29, 2014 theWizard_ii theWizard
9 88%
Mar 30, 2014 oddis87
94 98%
Mar 17, 2014 Bryan C.
100 97%
Mar 12, 2014 Plaza
7 64%
Feb 25, 2014 lhm
96 88%
Feb 24, 2014 Skerringer
75 75%
Feb 16, 2014 Warren Warren
94 98%
Absolutely gorgeous and unique filmmaking. As pure cinema alone it's breathtaking; Davies' shot compositions are very striking and his use of music is excellent. It's not all just mindless nostalgia though, which could wear thin. This film feels to me like a kind of poetic tapestry of impressions from childhood, weaving together idealized memories, snippets of songs, film dialogue, daydreams, fantasies and fears.
Feb 01, 2014 Not_Yuman Not Yuman
30 27%
Dec 26, 2013 fact100 fact100
80 87%
Dec 04, 2013 bmrow
95 73%
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
70 64%
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
70 48%
Oct 20, 2013 capodelnulla capodelnulla
55 29%
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
80 86%
Sep 02, 2013 GrimsChild GrimsChild
55 66%
Aug 28, 2013 Neonman Neonman
81 64%
A warm and cosy film, tinged all the way with honest nostalgia and plenty of sing-alongs, old songs, and excerpts of old films. Not a huge amount of conflict in this one, but it's a lovely way to spend 80-so minutes.
Aug 22, 2013 Barkinson
50 39%
Jun 05, 2013 Cerebrus Cerebrus
80 81%
Apr 08, 2013 honeycuttwc
90 94%
Mar 23, 2013 Jos Jos
88 88%
Mar 11, 2013 mxr110
84 80%
Mar 03, 2013 kastenm kastenm
83 87%
Feb 21, 2013 Ronin21
67 25%
Jan 24, 2013 3_Qs ???
11 7%
Jan 18, 2013 Nepeta
90 89%
It really does feel like filmic poetry, a collage of overwhelmingly beautifully filmed scenes of Bud's childhood full of all the wide-eyed wonder with which kids take in the world, of family and love, of religion (often portrayed in a harsh, oppressive manner) and school (and bullying), loneliness and Bud's escape in the form of his local cinema. To emphasise this last point sound clips from various films appear throughout the The Long Day Closes, like a nostalgic soundtrack to Bud's life.
Jan 10, 2013 Bandy Bandy
80 69%
Dec 05, 2012 Mr_Saturn Mr. Saturn
90 92%
Oct 28, 2012 Vmfs
9 78%
Oct 19, 2012 N_B
70 64%
Sep 12, 2012 JM1138
69 55%
Sep 06, 2012 IL I.L.
93 95%
Sep 01, 2012 verbals verbals
80 75%
Aug 14, 2012 nrm5
50 30%
Aug 12, 2012 homosuperior homosuperior
90 91%
A magnificent and heartbreakingly beautiful visual depiction of the loneliness of the closet. No one makes movies like Terence Davies.
Aug 03, 2012 Nroo Nroo
88 95%
Aug 02, 2012 Infenso paah
80 82%
Jul 23, 2012 Randomized
35 32%
Jun 19, 2012 Simon M.
50 12%
Jun 02, 2012 jethro
92 88%
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
67 45%
May 25, 2012 ears550 elixir
98 99%
May 13, 2012 W00DY W00DY
80 83%
May 03, 2012 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100 %
Apr 28, 2012 nrm4
90 96%
Apr 18, 2012 Kerc Kerc
29 95%
Mar 21, 2012 jbissell jbissell
75 43%
Mar 08, 2012 guvolefou guvolefou
85 92%
Mar 05, 2012 TalkShowH finkly
60 41%
Feb 14, 2012 FlixR8r FlixR8r
65 56%
Jan 21, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
96 97%
Jan 12, 2012 roujin roujin
70 78%
Jan 08, 2012 Criminal5 Alex Watkins
4 73%
For such a well-made film, this is awfully frustrating at times. The slice-of-life portraiture is very charming - think Woody Allen - but Bud is such a blank slate of a character, defined almost entirely by his timidity, that it can be annoying. Still, it's undeniably charming, and beautifully shot, with some absolutely great use of classical and oldies music. I could see it growing on me.
Dec 29, 2011 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
71 54%
Dec 21, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
71 90%
Dec 19, 2011 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
48 5%
I can't deny that Davies is a great director and I have to give him credit for exposing himself emotionally the way he does. That said I find his elegiac and masochistic nostalgia for suffering alternately tedious and disgusting. It's a lot easier to take here than Distant Voices, Still Lives, and I suppose if I had life experiences that matched up with his I might like it but as things stand the 80 minutes felt unending and the nice small moments were few and far between.
Dec 16, 2011 schnofel schnofel
49 36%
Dec 02, 2011 theyshoot11
56 11%
#875
Nov 28, 2011 mandy mandy
6 47%
The Long Day is a beautifully filmed evocative and nostalgic collection of memories. Everything is very precise with symmetrically composed shots, slow tracking and carefully chosen soundtrack. The overall feeling of the film is the sense of Bud's loneliness' and that stops me from really enjoying this.
Oct 29, 2011 Kirschwasser Kirschwasser
10 95%
Rather than dabble in a straightforward narrative that would be easier to follow but occlude the things that really mattered, Terrence Davies films this story of his childhood in Malickian slice-of-life form. Sounds (like the titular song) and images (an overhead shot blending play, school, and religion) merge to form an impressionistic portrait that focuses on feelings rather than ideas. The result is one of the most powerful, honest, and sincere statements ever made in cinema.
Oct 07, 2011 jewellrunner jewellrunner
88 88%
Sep 28, 2011 MrsEmmaPeel MrsEmmaPeel
75 47%
May 23, 2011 Risselada Risselada
35 8%
May 18, 2011 matty5190 matty5190
79 34%
Apr 21, 2011 toro913
85 92%
Mar 23, 2011 gaucho
8 99%
Feb 15, 2011 catfacer catfacer
92 93%
Feb 13, 2011 ProperChas
78 79%
Jan 15, 2011 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
98 99%
This film has much in common with its predecessor, Distant Voices, Still Lives. A bittersweet collection of brief nostalgic episodes, with heaps of songs... as before, both diegetic and non-diegetic. And once again, Davies plays with chronology. Time seems to flow like a river, eroding gaps between memories as one flows seamlessly into the next. It's a beautiful film, both haunting and warm, one that shows growth in Davies' abilities as filmmaker, especially with so many striking compositions.
Dec 23, 2010 popolinka Thegoodboy
40 20%
Dec 22, 2010 rottentomat rottentomat
67 53%
Aug 20, 2010 undinum undinum
100 98%
Mar 27, 2010 Seryxa Seryxa
75 82%
Remarkable, atmospheric, understated, nostalgic movie, dealing with emotional repression and the release offered by the cinema.
Feb 08, 2010 laika laika
71 49%
Jan 15, 2010 theyshoot10
56 11%
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Oct 24, 2009 lordcookie
77 70%
Oct 04, 2009 winds winds
7 87%
Sep 20, 2009 m4th3u5
75 41%
Jun 24, 2009 CCLZA CCLZA
80 77%
Jun 01, 2009 Lermentov
96 98%
May 11, 2009 2dumbblondes 2dumbblondes
100 73%
May 05, 2009 raskolnikov
3 40%
Apr 25, 2009 Gregzilla Gregzilla
70 87%
Apr 19, 2009 imdb imdb
72 75%
Apr 19, 2009 astrakhan astrakhan
65 10%
Jan 26, 2009 Malcym
8 87%
Jan 21, 2009 paulofilmo paulofilmo
70 62%
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Dec 27, 2008 flowing flowing
53 37%
Dec 19, 2008 kedar1981 kedar1981
10 0%
Dec 19, 2008 toby5 toby5
15 0%
Dec 01, 2008 filmaffinity filmaffinity
68 73%
Sep 19, 2008 sidehacker sidehacker
76 69%
Aug 03, 2008 cussot
90 87%
Remember how slowly time moved when you were a child? How every moment was laden with newness? This film will remind you.
Jul 19, 2008 purity
2 60%
Jun 04, 2008 SPalisades
73 68%
Apr 16, 2008 sengir sengir
84 90%
Mar 18, 2008 RNG
51 51%
Mar 02, 2008 theyshoot07
53 24%
# 939
Dec 01, 2007 welike
40 89%
Nov 16, 2007 wabrit
95 91%
May 15, 2007 Theyshootpic
1 20%
May 15, 2007 Stain Stain
80 56%
An "art film" in a much more literal sense than usual. A very pretty and leisurely film, one that totally disdains conventional notions of plot to show us beautiful images and evoke emotions of things that we all know
Average Percentile 64.76% from 208 Rankings rss