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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Directors
Kevin Macdonald.
Screenwriters
Running Time
95 minutes

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Life In A Day
Four seasons in one day


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Plot
Conceived as a YouTube experiment in which people from all around the world submitted footage of their day, the result is a documentary offering snapshots of the planet from a world of different perspectives.


Review
Life In A Day
Goats play a surprisingly large part in the world today. That’s just one of the surprises in this portmanteau film, culled from 80,000 submissions from filmmakers all over the world, all shot on a single day in 2010. Covering everyday life from birth to death and from extreme poverty to Western decadence, this is mundane, tragic, moving and often very funny. It’s also — in scenes of cattle slaughter and a fatal festival crush — sometimes shocking. In other words, much of human life is here, and if bits are significantly less attractive than other bits, that’s to be expected. More disappointing is the relevant underrepresentation of women and certain geographical areas (much of Africa, for instance), but all credit to Macdonald and editor Joe Walker for crafting a coherent and wide-ranging portrait of humanity now.


Verdict
Moving and insightful. Not a classic by any means, but a fascinating glimpse of the way we live today.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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L: Hood_Man This is on right now on BBC2. So far it's been interesting, amusing, eye opening and sad. And it's only bee on 25 minutes. a 15 year old kid shave his face for the first time... gargh! Painfuquote] I saw the film at Docfest with a Q&A with Kevin MacDonald who revealed that that scene (my favourite in the whole film, alongside the opening one with the father and son in morning) was actually reshot several months later, for inclusion in the film. For me that shat... More

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Woah... I didn't realise the Love Parade thing happened on that day. Scary! ... More

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Shit that cow! May have to rethink my position on eating beef after seeing that... ... More

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So far we've seen a giraffe being born, an egg being opened by hand with a baby chick (alive!) inside, so good. ... More

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Life In A Day

This is on right now on BBC2. So far it's been interesting, amusing, eye opening and sad. And it's only bee on 25 minutes. Seeing a 15 year old kid shave his face for the first time... gargh! Painful! ... More

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