This is a very moving and personal look at a family that would have been too harrowing to watch if it were not for the genuine compassion of Terence Davies for the characters and his brilliant and innovative use of the musical score.The score provides a soft focus lens for the brutality of the patriarch of the family and the ongoing consequences in addition to an accurate timeframe for the unfolding drama.
I feel this film was excellent in parts and at others got the tone badly wrong. the first section was almost relentless in the sorrow it presented and this sort of overwhelmed me at the time. the performances were excellent and some of the framing was masterly. the need for songs every five seconds also seemed a bit too contrived. compared to a similar format of autobiography in Tarkovsky, it lacks somewhat.
Nuevamente Davies dialoga con dos tiempos: el pasado y el presente. Sus personajes, una familia de clase trabajadora, atormentada por un padre que castiga, pero que en ocasiones sorprende con ternura y hasta redención. Hay una necesidad por manifestar una dicotomía, el amor y el odio, como el que sienten sus hijos hacia el padre. La luz juega un rol interesante. Los protagonistas siempre andan en penunbra, lo trágico