Ray & Liz

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This miserable slog through the lives of an alcoholic couple in England's Black Country (in the West Midlands) is is actually a weird act of public therapy by its writer-director, Richard Billingham, a noted photographer who has taken pictures invoking his memories of a childhood spent in squalor and the boozy haze of his parents. Ray & Liz is an extension of Billingham's penchant for gritty, personal revelation, with documentary touches (some of the action is shot in the fetid flat in which Billingham grew up), but performed by actors. In this chronologically fractured remembrance . . .

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