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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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Date User Score
Oct 01 sandrikoti
100T8
Sep 29 auhasarderik auhasarderik
9T10
Nostalgia nirvana. Logic, plot, "life", thrown out the damn lit window. Deeply moved by this.
Sep 20 izwt936g
30T3
Sep 07 kendell kendell
100T10
Aug 08 fartsahin fartsahin
65T5
Jul 05 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
49T4
Jun 30 bitterbill bitterbill
55T5
Jun 10 Sandro Sandro
90T6
Jun 02 hsncomert hsncomert
70T8
Apr 28 rframe2
95T10
Apr 17 Gody85 Gody85
78T10
Apr 17 zmoats zmoats
87T8
Mar 20 thrillington
100T10
Mar 19 Communicants Communicants
85T9
Feb 24 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
76T10
Jan 04 Peeperkorn41
85T9
Dec 04, 2016 nickv nickv
79T9
Dec 01, 2016 svenerik svenerik
100T10
Nov 21, 2016 Ronin22
71T9
Nov 17, 2016 Yasbane Yasbane
55T2
Nov 02, 2016 jerrywarton
69T7
Nov 01, 2016 djross djross
20T1
The tapestry of dreams and memories can, so it seems, be remarkably uninteresting. Lasted as long as I could.
Nov 01, 2016 jgreenwood jgreenwood
10T1
Oct 28, 2016 felipelahm felipelahm
85T10
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
67T5
Sep 09, 2016 giska giska
54T7
Sep 07, 2016 blim8183
90T10
Aug 07, 2016 daffodil907 daffodil907
60T4
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
60T5
Jun 07, 2016 Phantom_Nook Phantom Nook
55T1
May 27, 2016 Ringshifter Ringshifter
89T9
May 11, 2016 niviskar niviskar
73T4
Apr 05, 2016 drpretenamen
90T9
Apr 02, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
18T10
Mar 21, 2016 M-B-M
8T10
Mar 02, 2016 RavynLoony RavynLoony
67T8
Feb 25, 2016 WBadger WBadger
91T10
Feb 09, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
10T1
Jan 14, 2016 ForrestQ ForrestQ
59T2
Dec 31, 2015 jeffv jeff_v
86T10
Dec 31, 2015 wetwillies wetwillies
90T8
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
41T10
Dec 26, 2015 Redfern
90T9
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73T6
Dec 07, 2015 acrolyne acrolyne
64T3
Dec 05, 2015 maborosi maborosi
71T7
Nov 28, 2015 Radlizzard
0T2
Nov 22, 2015 phil_ii phil-
94T10
Nov 14, 2015 Swoony Swoony
73T5
Nov 03, 2015 sezide57 sezide5à7
86T9
Oct 31, 2015 Niska Niska
51T10
Oct 30, 2015 Hennimore
67T4
Oct 22, 2015 ITBSPodcast ITBSPodcast
100T6
"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
82T10
Oct 16, 2015 Midaso
70T8
Oct 03, 2015 krnc
90T10
Sep 29, 2015 BigEvil Nathan S
5T10
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
70T3
Sep 24, 2015 loc42 loc42
80T8
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
85T10
Aug 23, 2015 kyleloomis kyle.loomis
9T10
Aug 20, 2015 cat9man cat9man
80T6
Aug 09, 2015 redux
0T1
Jul 03, 2015 gargantua gargantua
83T9
Jun 18, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
90T8
May 09, 2015 khanbaliq2
80T6
Apr 24, 2015 aerrich
70T9
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
100T10
Apr 16, 2015 cardsos01
90T10
Apr 05, 2015 10kfilms
80T8
Jan 21, 2015 Mikado
77T8
Jan 18, 2015 petcor80
80T7
Jan 15, 2015 metaller
80T8
Jan 14, 2015 dumbjaw dumbjaw
66T6
Jan 11, 2015 mightysparks mightysparks
50T5
Jan 08, 2015 kubbrick
100T8
Jan 06, 2015 IDYmilkshake IDYmilkshake
80T9
Jan 02, 2015 MA M_A
82T9
Dec 13, 2014 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
77T8
Probably the quintessential Davies film.
Nov 22, 2014 sebby sebby
68T6
Nov 20, 2014 Melvelet
80T6
Nov 17, 2014 jocimarjr jocimarjr
90T8
Oct 08, 2014 burksta LB94
82T8
Sep 21, 2014 Tatanka
78T10
Sep 10, 2014 Groooan
45T10
Sep 03, 2014 cinemahell cinema_hell
72T4
Aug 29, 2014 dsjoerdsma
93T10
Aug 28, 2014 sellis
93T10
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
100T10
Jul 25, 2014 elmakebabi elmakebabi
60T4
Jul 07, 2014 Yiannos Yiannos
85T10
(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
60T3
May 12, 2014 willow
97T10
Apr 29, 2014 theWizard_ii theWizard
9T9
Mar 30, 2014 oddis87
94T10
Mar 17, 2014 Bryan C.
100T10
Mar 12, 2014 Plaza
7T7
Feb 25, 2014 lhm
96T10
Feb 24, 2014 Skerringer
75T8
Feb 16, 2014 Warren Warren
94T10
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
30T3
Dec 26, 2013 fact100 fact100
80T9
Dec 04, 2013 bmrow
95T8
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
70T7
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
70T6
Oct 20, 2013 capodelnulla capodelnulla
70T5
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
80T9
Sep 02, 2013 GrimsChild GrimsChild
55T7
Aug 28, 2013 Neonman Neonman
81T7
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
50T4
Jun 05, 2013 Cerebrus Cerebrus
80T9
Apr 08, 2013 honeycuttwc
90T10
Mar 23, 2013 Jos Jos
88T9
Mar 11, 2013 mxr110
84T9
Mar 03, 2013 kastenm kastenm
83T9
Feb 21, 2013 Ronin21
67T3
Jan 24, 2013 3_Qs ???
11T1
Jan 18, 2013 Nepeta
90T9
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
80T7
Dec 05, 2012 Mr_Saturn Mr. Saturn
90T10
Oct 28, 2012 Vmfs
9T9
Oct 19, 2012 N_B
70T7
Sep 12, 2012 JM1138
69T6
Sep 06, 2012 IL I.L.
93T10
Sep 01, 2012 verbals verbals
80T8
Aug 14, 2012 nrm5
50T4
Aug 12, 2012 homosuperior homosuperior
90T10
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
88T10
Aug 02, 2012 Infenso paah
80T9
Jul 23, 2012 Randomized
35T4
Jun 19, 2012 Simon M.
50T2
Jun 02, 2012 jethro
92T9
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
67T5
May 25, 2012 ears550 elixir
98T10
May 13, 2012 W00DY W00DY
80T9
May 03, 2012 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100T6
Apr 28, 2012 nrm4
90T10
Apr 18, 2012 Kerc Kerc
29T10
Mar 21, 2012 jbissell jbissell
75T5
Mar 08, 2012 guvolefou guvolefou
85T10
Mar 05, 2012 TalkShowH finkly
60T5
Feb 14, 2012 FlixR8r FlixR8r
65T6
Jan 21, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
96T10
Jan 12, 2012 roujin roujin
70T8
Jan 08, 2012 Criminal5 Alex Watkins
4T8
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
71T6
Dec 21, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
72T10
Dec 19, 2011 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
48T1
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
49T4
Dec 02, 2011 theyshoot11
56T2
#875
Nov 28, 2011 mandy mandy
6T6
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
10T10
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
88T9
Sep 28, 2011 MrsEmmaPeel MrsEmmaPeel
75T5
May 23, 2011 Risselada Risselada
35T1
May 18, 2011 matty5190 matty5190
79T4
Apr 21, 2011 toro913
85T10
Mar 23, 2011 gaucho
8T10
Feb 15, 2011 catfacer catfacer
92T10
Feb 13, 2011 ProperChas
78T8
Jan 15, 2011 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
98T10
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
40T3
Dec 22, 2010 rottentomat rottentomat
67T6
Aug 20, 2010 undinum undinum
100T10
Mar 27, 2010 Seryxa Seryxa
75T9
Remarkable, atmospheric, understated, nostalgic movie, dealing with emotional repression and the release offered by the cinema.
Feb 08, 2010 laika laika
71T5
Jan 15, 2010 theyshoot10
56T2
873
Oct 24, 2009 lordcookie
77T8
Oct 04, 2009 winds winds
7T10
Sep 20, 2009 m4th3u5
75T5
Jun 24, 2009 CCLZA CCLZA
80T8
Jun 01, 2009 Lermentov
96T10
May 11, 2009 2dumbblondes 2dumbblondes
100T6
May 05, 2009 raskolnikov
3T5
Apr 25, 2009 Gregzilla Gregzilla
70T9
Apr 19, 2009 imdb imdb
72T8
Apr 19, 2009 astrakhan astrakhan
65T2
Jan 26, 2009 Malcym
4T2
Jan 21, 2009 paulofilmo paulofilmo
70T7
Lovely music... So much so that I didn't really pay much attention to the film. -- 'Received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (although it ultimately went home empty-handed).' - IMDb
Dec 27, 2008 flowing flowing
66T7
Dec 19, 2008 kedar1981 kedar1981
10T1
Dec 19, 2008 toby5 toby5
15T1
Dec 01, 2008 filmaffinity filmaffinity
67T7
Sep 19, 2008 sidehacker sidehacker
76T7
Aug 03, 2008 cussot
90T9
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
2T6
Jun 04, 2008 SPalisades
73T8
Apr 16, 2008 sengir sengir
84T10
Mar 18, 2008 RNG
51T6
Mar 02, 2008 theyshoot07
53T3
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Dec 01, 2007 welike
40T9
Nov 16, 2007 wabrit
95T10
May 15, 2007 Theyshootpic
1T3
May 15, 2007 Stain Stain
80T7
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 Tier 7.17 from 194 Rankings rss