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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.
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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…
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.
Beautiful and moving. The concept is great, and I found the result to be satisfying, cohesive, and very touching. Really enjoyed this.
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.
A worldwide film project for the YouTube generation, in which Ridley & Tony Scott amongst others asked anyone and everyone to submit videos about a day in their lives (specifically July 24th 2010) and then went to work compiling and editing all the footage (over 45,000 hours) into a kaleidoscopic vision of life on earth during that one day.
Given the novelty and audacity of this concept, it surprises me how little attention the film garnered. The average person probably doesn't even know it exists, when it should've been a famous historical footnote. I mean, this is as close to a global time capsule as film has ever offered. Though arguably not as thorough as it could've been (not much sense…
A reminder that there's more out there than you can even imagine. You're 1 of billions.
What could have been one hell of a multicultural slice-of-life documentary is creatively adulterated by "director" Kevin Macdonald, whose obtrusive soundtrack choices and inclusion of (obvious) staged dramatics can't let the power of his crowdsourced clips speak for themselves. There are still powerful glimpses into the lives of unique figures and everymen alike--the morning routine of a widowed father and his son, homesick sentiments from a man whose been biking around Asia for years without stop--but Macdonald insists on an immature grandiosity, using his clumsy editorial hand to force emotional manipulation where it isn't even needed. Perfectly honest and revealing sequences suddenly feel calculated, through no fault of the lovely individuals who contributed (well, most--an Army Wife's self-pitying Skype date is a pretty flaccid stab at sympathy-raking martyrdom).
Let's try this one again in a year or two, keeping the footage diegetic and far the fuck away from Kevin Macdonald.
sometimes humanity doesn't bum me out
A powerful collection of moments given freely by people from around the world of their lives on a given day. A snapshot of life from the 24 July 2010. There is a flow to this seemingly random kaleidoscope of people and places. It leaves you with a certain curiosity, a desire to get to know a little more of these people. This film helps us see we are all so much more alike than we are led to believe. People of Earth your attention please.
An astonishing documentary taking pieces of footage that people from all around the world have sent in and trying to make a cohesive documentary about the trials and tribulations about living, the ups and downs, all across the world. I loved it, it's beautiful, hearbreaking, hopeful, and runs the gamuts of emotions all at once. I can't wait to check out more from Kevin Macdonald, it looks like he has a hell of a filmography that I haven't even touched.
Funciona dramaticamente como um grande estudo da vida humana, passando por momentos cotidianos tão simples e puros, e por isso belos, numa narrativa interessante e num projeto essencialmente tocante.
I vote this to be one of the best films ever made.
This is meeting cultures in the most honest way, not only cultures but people too, like making new friends. While you are having a good or bad day, there is people who is passing trough the same stuff as you and for them it could be very normal.
Like any other film, it makes you feel a lot of emotions and there isn't any acting.
There are a lot of films focused on showing the best of society and a lot more about the worst of society, neither of them are on this film. This is the people of the world
I loved this movie. So well edited. It's a rollercoaster ride. This doc makes me want to jump up and say "Look at all the inspiration in this life!!!!!!"
Thanks Kevin MacDonald
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