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Sunset Song Review - AVClub

AVClub: Stultifying in spots, the period drama Sunset Song marks an unexpected misstep for Terence Davies, the eccentric filmmaker whose movies evoke limbo states of memory and repressed feeling using a very British vocabulary of drab spaces. Davies’ features, none of which are set past the 1950s, trade in the dreary day-to-day of generations past: bedrooms as tragic places of sex and death, defined by their potential for both closeness and loneliness; staircases climbed again and again, never leading anywhere new; communal songs as transcendent moments in a hushed world. All are present and accounted for in this long-in-the-works adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel; it’s just as personal as Davies’ other literary and theatrical adaptations (The Neon Bible, The House Of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea), but nowhere as inspired or affecting. Studiously classical, the movie commits to its leaden pace and to the least compelling heroine in Davies’ otherwise remarkable body of work.

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