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One Day (2011)

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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.

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Lone Scherfig

Writers:

David Nicholls (screenplay), David Nicholls (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Hathaway ... Emma
Jim Sturgess ... Dexter
Tom Mison ... Callum
Jodie Whittaker ... Tilly
Tim Key ... Customer
Rafe Spall ... Ian
Joséphine de La Baume ... Marie (as Josephine De La Baume)
Patricia Clarkson ... Alison
Ken Stott ... Steven
Heida Reed ... Ingrid
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ... Tara
Gil Alma ... Waiter
David Ajala ... Floor Manager
Georgia King ... Suki
Ukweli Roach ... Rapper
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Storyline

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. Written by napierslogs

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Taglines:

Twenty years. Two people.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siempre el mismo día See more »

Filming Locations:

Dinan, Côtes-d'Armor, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,079,566, 21 August 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,843,771

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,389,433
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

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(at around 25 mins) At the beach, the relative positions of the two characters change from head-to-head to head-to-toe as they lie on the sand. See more »

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Emma: A tortilla is either corn or wheat. But a corn tortilla folded and filled is a taco, whereas a filled wheat tortilla is a burrito. Deep fry a burrito, it's a chimichanga. Toast a tortilla, it's a tostada. Roll it, it's an enchilada.
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Rhythm of the Night
Written by Francesco Bontempi, Annerley Gordon, Giorgio Spagna, Pete Glenister (as Peter W Glenister) and Michael Gaffey
Performed by Corona
Licensed Courtesy of Warner Music UK Limited and Extravaganza Publishing Srl.
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By sticking to the novel, the movie loses the connection to the characters
19 August 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"One Day", based on the novel of the same name, is the relationship of two people, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess), as we see it on July 15th of each year. As can be expected from the nature of the story, it's a little dry, lacking in comedy. But then again, it's a romantic drama, not a romantic comedy.

As is the nature of the two media, movies can never be exactly the same as the novel. But the problem with this one is that they tried to; no story lines were removed. Almost everything was there, just shortened into mostly meaningless segments. I personally could have done with one less event in their lives, and perhaps a different ending, but they tried to be as faithful as possible.

What we have here is a movie about a relationship, but the novel was about the people. They traded in character depth and development so we can see them in their more attractive years falling in and out of love.

I wasn't very familiar with Jim Sturgess, having seen him play skinny, slightly nerdy, not as confident kids. Dexter is a different breed of guy. Just has high on self-confidence as he is on drugs and alcohol, he gets by on his looks – literally – he's a TV host. Although the different characteristics of Dexter weren't explicitly shown in the movie, Sturgess brought them out in him perfectly. Emma is a more complex character, with significant evolution to who she is throughout the years, except none of that is in the movie, so it just wasn't really possible for Hathaway to portray her as a more interesting person.

I would assume that watching "One Day" without the benefit of having read the novel would be a fairly confusing, empty experience. With the background that the novel gave me, I could fill in all the missing years and the unexplored layers to the characters, so there was still something to their relationship for me.


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