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The Long Day Closes

Liverpool, 1950s. A drab and dreary existence hangs over the town. 11-year-old Bud (Leigh McCormack) lives a comfortable life, surrounded by loved ones, with few worries other than school and chores. But in the midst of his closed existence, magic happens nightly at the local cinema, greatly expanding his world. Tenderly empathetic and drenched in browns, greys, and muted primary colors, The Long Day Closes is one of the greatest British films of the last 30 years and one of cinema’s finest paeans to itself. “A movie of endless raptures.”—Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice.

Appears in: Friday Film Club

Genres: Drama

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