43min | Short, Drama | November 1976 (USA)
Robert Tucker, a young gay man who is almost without affect, sits in various waiting rooms. As he sits, he recalls events from the year of his childhood when his father dies. He’s ten or eleven that year, picked on by bullies at the Catholic school he attends. He seems friendless. At home, his mother is quiet, his father is ill and angry. After his father’s death, there’s a wake, the coffin arrives, the body is removed. The lad grieves, alone.
“Children”, available as part of Terence Davies Trilogy along with “Madonna & Child” and “Death & Transfiguration”, is part one in the tale of Robert Tucker. Told in an artistic flashback style in ever fashionable black & white, Davies manages to confound the conventions of plot structure. Luckily, the summary on the video box let’s you know that the story is told in flashbacks to Robert Tucker’s childhood. Davies does do a good job of keeping the film’s look undated. The only obvious clue to the film’s time-frame is the ridiculous trousers worn by young adult Robert Tucker. As the viewer watches them flap in the breeze, it is clearly 1976. One highlight that may not appeal to everyone is an interesting shower scene at a swimming pool. The long shot followed by several medium shots gives a feeling of isolation. If you have a good eye, you will recognize a young Trevor Eve in a non speaking role as the “Man in Shower”.
Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Stars: Phillip Mawdsley, Nick Stringer, Valerie Lilley