THE LONG DAY CLOSES vividly demonstrates the redemptive power of alternative modes of cinematic storytelling, even as it celebrates the glories of classical Hollywood movies.
Without a plot in any conventional sense, or traditionally articulated characters, this resonant slice of British family life in the 50s is infinitely more affecting than most conventional domestic dramas. Ironically, the film achieves some of its most sublime effects while depicting its young
protagonist listening to American pop songs, watching his family taking part in group singalongs at the local pub, and--most importantly--in rapt contemplation of movies. The filmmaker's alter ego is...