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Ray & Liz

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United Kingdom
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2018

1h 48m

Director Richard Billingham
Starring Justin Salinger, Ella Smith, Patrick Romer, Deirdre Kelly

Genre Drama

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Turner Prize-nominee and Deutsche Börse Prize-winner, Richard Billingham returns to the subject of the striking photographs that he captured of his family during Thatcher era Britain in this drama recounting his childhood in a Birmingham council flat.

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Slant Magazine by Carson Lund

Ray & Liz generates pathos through its detailed attention to its characters' attempts to find permanence and meaning in a fundamentally unstable reality.
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Variety by Guy Lodge

Ray & Liz is formally arresting and rigorous, though not at the expense of its direct emotional force.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

One senses that Billingham is not always at ease with the narrative demands of filmmaking. But his startling eye for the common made strange is very visible here, and hard not to hope that he’ll make further forays into filmmaking after this very auspicious debut with a work that feels so close and true to his earlier material.
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The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

It’s an immersive poetic-realist dive into the artist’s fractured memories of his parents during the time he spent growing up in Birmingham in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

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