This is an English film written and directed by Terence Davies which revolves around the memories of a working-class Liverpool family. Their lives during the 40s and 50s were made into a nightmare by their abusive father. As an antidote to deprivations and dented dreams, these weary individuals break into song ("Taking a Chance on Love," etc.) at family gatherings or the local pub. Winner of the Internationals Critics' Award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, this stylized film speaks volumes about troubled families.