Original title Ray & Liz
Running time 107 min.
Country United Kingdom
Director Richard Billingham
Screenwriter Richard Billingham
Cinematography Dan Landin
Tony Way, Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Sam Gittins, James Eeles, Michelle Bonnard, Andrew Jefferson-Tierney, James Hinton
Synopsis / Plot
On the outskirts of Birmingham and the margins of society, the Billingham family perform extreme rituals and break social taboos as they muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control. Based on director and photographer Richard Billingham’s memories, the film focuses on his parents Ray and Liz, their relationship and its impact on Richard and his younger brother Jason as they grow up in a Black Country council flat.
2018: BAFTA Awards: Nom. Best Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
2018: British Independent Film Awards: Best New Director & New Producer
2018: Locarno Film Festival: Special Mention
2018: Sevilla Film Festival: Special Jury Prize
2019: BAFICI: Best Actress (Ella Smith)
"An intensely observed narrative feature (...) There is a palpable sense of affection and respect for the subjects"
Leslie Felperin: The Hollywood Reporter
"A rare and remarkable cine-memoir (...) 'Ray & Liz' is formally arresting and rigorous, though not at the expense of its direct emotional force"
Guy Lodge: Variety
"A richly evocative portrait of working-class life in the British Midlands (...) A thrillingly fresh riff on kitchen-sink drama tropes"
Paul O'Callaghan: Slant
"All of this style is not without substance (...) Cinematographer Daniel Landin ('Under the Skin') consistently focuses on small details with the kind of fascination one associates with a child’s-eye view"
Rory O'Connor: The Film Stage
"Richard Billingham brings a distinctive sensibility (...) A beautifully understated, heart melting performance from Joshua Millard Lloyd is a stand out"
Allan Hunter: Screendaily
"The whole film is like an incomplete fragment, intriguing if frustrating (...) This is a tough film to watch, at once claustrophobic and open-ended or unfinished, leaving the audience with questions (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"
Peter Bradshaw: The Guardian
"A darkly funny portrait of a Britain that shouldn’t exist (...) These tales are less notable for their dramatic shape than Billingham’s magpie’s eye for telling details within them (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"
Robbie Collin: Telegraph
"It’s an austere, autobiographical movie full of good performances (...) but the pacing is sometimes wanting, and outside of Ray and Liz, the characters don’t manage to stick"
Kaleem Aftab: Cineuropa
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