One Day

August 19th, 2011

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One Day

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After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.7/10 (23,601 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

Director: Lone Scherfig

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson

Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their university graduation. We see them every year on the anniversary of that date - July 15th. Emma is smart but success doesn't come quickly for her, whereas for Dexter, success and women come very easily. Through the years they grow apart as their lives take different directions and they meet other people. But as they grow apart from those other people and their lives start taking opposite directions again, Emma and Dexter find that they belong with each other.

Writers: David Nicholls, David Nicholls

Anne Hathaway - Emma
Jim Sturgess - Dexter
Tom Mison - Callum
Jodie Whittaker - Tilly
Tim Key - Customer
Rafe Spall - Ian
Joséphine de La Baume - Marie
Patricia Clarkson - Alison
Ken Stott - Steven
Heida Reed - Ingrid
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes - Tara
Gil Alma - Waiter
David Ajala - Floor Manager
Georgia King - Suki
Ukweli Roach - Rapper

Taglines: Twenty years. Two people.


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Release Date: 19 August 2011

Filming Locations: Dinan, Côtes-d'Armor, France

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,079,566 (USA) (21 August 2011) (1721 Screens)

Gross: $56,706,628 (Worldwide)

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Did You Know?

When Emma and Dexter are on the nudist beach, she is reading "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera. The story line of One Day has several parallels to this novel.

Anachronisms: On 15 July 2000, Dexter and Emma meet again at Colin's wedding in London. Dexter takes Emma outside onto the roof, overlooking St Paul's cathedral. In the background you can see two skyscrapers. One of these is the Heron Tower, which wasn't completed until late 2010, having not even been granted planning approval until mid-2002.

Dexter: I'd still like to read that poetry. What rhymes with Dexter?
Emma: Prick. It's a half rhyme.

User Review

Too many bitter reviewers...

Rating: 9/10

After perusing other reviews for this movie, I believe that many of the ratings are low, not because viewers disliked the movie, but because they disliked the element in which the film shines. The film succeeds in drawing the audience into the friendship between the main characters, played by Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway. Both characters find happiness and meaning in parts of their lives, while suffering through other portions without attaining goals they've set for themselves; i.e., this is real life.

What the poorly-rating reviewers seek is escapism. In my view--however limited--this film aims to depict two human beings as they learn, grow, and fall in and out of touch with one another. Thus, don't expect any fairy tales here and don't punish the rating on this movie because it isn't a fairy tale!

A predictable conclusion to this movie would place Sturgess and Hathaway side by side, married, and living together untouched by the trials of a realistic relationship. Instead, the director effectively and with calculation showcases some of life in the scenes and merely hints at events not shown on the screen. As the film narrates exclusively through one date each year (hence, the name), partial narratives are expected. The final third of the film, shunned by a few reviewers, elevated the creative vision of the story because it introduces the unpredictable nature of real life into a movie that was otherwise a run-of-the-mill romance. Again, speaking in terms of the development between characters, the movie is above average. Speaking in terms of storyline, the first two-thirds, to a certain degree, lack what the final third delivers: surprise!

The juxtaposition of the present with the past near the end of this film makes the events even more potent than they would have been. Audience members who do not fall into the "half-wit" category can follow the story, regardless of what the viewers who read the novel state in their reviews. Bravo! Lastly, Anne Hathaway is exceedingly lovely.

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