Middle-aged Robert Tucker is caught between Catholicism and sexuality as he tries to reconcile his public and private personae. —BFI
Terence Davies was born in Liverpool on 10 November 1945, the youngest child in a large working-class family. After working for ten years as a clerk in a shipping office and a book-keeper in an accountancy firm, he entered Coventry School of Drama in 1971. There he wrote the script for Children, which he directed after he left with backing from the BFI Production Board. He then went to the National Film School, where he completed Madonna and Child as his graduation film in 1980. Three years later, thanks to funding from the Greater London Arts Association and the BFI, he made Death and Transfiguration. These three short to medium-length films comprise The Terence Davies Trilogy, which put him on the cinematic map as one of the most original British film-makers of the late 20th century.
In the Trilogy and the two films that followed, Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992), Davies reconstructs his childhood and youth in a working-class district of Liverpool… read more
An unbearable, often disturbing film, though one that dares the audience to find humour in the absurdity of the character's situation. His attempts to gain entrance to a S&M club, or the desperation that leads him to contemplate tattooing his genitals just to feel the touch of another human being, builds on a certain comedy of embarrassment, but also leaves us unprepared for the cry of anguish that closes the film.