No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
Life in a Day
The story of one day on Earth.
A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.
PTAbro's World Tour: Pre-flight Check and Itinerary Review
Life in a Day is a documentary with some moments of structural perfection interspersed with stretches of too-random YouTube-esque ramblings. Life is not always exciting, I know, and mundanity is one of the overarching connections between disparate countries and ways of life, but I can't help but feel that the volume of footage available, more meaningful juxtapositions and universal constants could have been chosen than "what's in my pocket?" Coupled with that is the opposite end of the spectrum, where overdoses of overly-sentimental clips (yet profoundly affecting, such as a young boy and his father's morning routine which culminates in a morning prayer to a picture of the obviously deceased mother and…
Despite its obvious strengths Life in a Day is a documentary I simply can't find myself liking to and whether that is due to the nature of the film or myself is up to you but seldom have I been so close to becoming a full-on misanthropist than when I heard the last clip with the oh-so special little snowflake contemplating her uneventful day. There are several clips like this in the film and they really held me back from getting into it and were it not for some genuinely awe-inspiring imagery saving it I would've probably hated it. Ambitious as it is, I fear that it did not succeed in what it set out to do as most clips…
Beautiful and moving. The concept is great, and I found the result to be satisfying, cohesive, and very touching. Really enjoyed this.
This might have been more interesting if they tried to make more of a point, or if they came back to any of their subjects. The one thing that really annoyed me was the sound effects that they put in. There were so many sounds there that simply wouldn't have been captured with simple camera mics. Flies buzzing, slight wind sounds while skydiving, and others that were just too "perfect" to be captured in the moment. It just felt to me if the filmmaker was really trying to portray the truth about this day, the original sounds would have been left. I know that's a minor complaint, but it kept coming back and it really bothered me. Other than that it was enjoyable to be able to peek into so many lives for just a few seconds. I can't say I really learned anything, but I was entertained.
Sometimes gimmicks work.
Like all films of this ilk, it is completely reliant on the strength of its editing for it to work. And like most they came before it, it has wondrous peaks and disastrous lows.
Life in a Day thankfully has more peaks than lows, with its natural warmth shining through during most of its run-time, it beats and flows with great energy. The lows mostly came from when the film slows down and tries to go for power, scenes like the man living with his family in a cemetery or the deaths at Loveparade. These scenes, whilst infrequent, are spread during the film and slow the superb momentum built by the other segments.
An interesting and moving document of recorded life over the course of a single day, much of it filmed by amateurs. This is a movie completely made in the editing room and I have so much, so much respect for the editors here, who needed to assemble a through-thread and a narrative without having much of an idea about what they were working with beforehand.
That said, I'd definitely call this a document, rather than a documentary. Some of the amateurish footage takes away from the immersion in the film, even though the democracy of this work is part of its point. There's a diversity of the human experience on screen here, from the life of a shoeshine boy in…
Sometimes gimmicks work.
Amazing to experience the world from so many points of view
"Even though nothing great really happened, tonight I feel as if something great happened."
I remember when this film was announced and they asked people to film their day. I was very curious about this and remember playing with the idea of participating. In the end I didn't for whatever reason.
5 years later and the film was still on my watchlist. I chose to watch this film when I was in the mood for something light, something real and something without a story to follow. Life in a Day seemed perfect but at the same time I had one concern:
What exactly is so special about this film? I could just watch random vlogs on YouTube.
The difference is…
I highly urge everybody to see this at least once in their lifetime. A moving biography about life, death and marriage, and how every day is so precious
Pochissime sono le storie davvero buone in #LifeinaDay che è figo come idea ma sterile nel risultato. Si poteva fare molto di più e meglio.
A beautiful exploration of humanity. Our fears, hopes, passions, tragedies and, quite simply, our existence. Extremely moving and exciting. A celebration of life.
By non-narrative, I don't mean films lacking narration, as a few of these do contain voice-over narrations; I'm looking for…
Every documentary I have seen (or at least can recall seeing) ranked. This list will constantly be updated and rearranged