The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old “Bud.” A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school, but Bud is the center of attention both from the camera’s angle and from his doting family. With a gray background, the film fuses clips and audio from classic movies into Bud’s dreary childhood and brings it to life with an elegance Bach would bring to your home movies. The overall effect is a montage of memory which seems to ignite flashes of recognition in the viewer.
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User Reviews: "The Long Day Closes" has the kind of emotional impact that the Hollywood bunch could only dream about. There is very little in the way of plot–just a series of memories, as if a family photo album had come to life: like the family at Christmas time. No forced, artificial story lines, like Mama’s Dying and We Gotta Pay the Rent–just a perfect rendering of a certain family at a certain time. If you’re expecting some sappy tear-jerker, oh boy, do you have the wrong movie. The images here are so powerful, the use of music and old film dialog is so effective. I feel sorry for people who found this movie boring. You obviously didn’t get it. Your loss.