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Life in a Day

Life in a Day


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Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and producer Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) team up to offer this candid snapshot of a single day on planet Earth. Compiled from over


Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and producer Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) team up to offer this candid snapshot of a single day on planet Earth. Compiled from over 80,000 YouTube submissions by contributors in 192 countries, Life in a Day presents a microcosmic view of our daily experiences as a global society. From the mundane to the profound, everything has its place as we spend 90 minutes gaining greater insight into the lives of people who may be more like us than we ever suspected, despite the fact that we're separated by incredible distances.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Life in a Day might be the ultimate cinematic example of the old saying that we have more in common as humans than differences. Compiled from thousands of hours of YouTube footage that people were asked to record of their own lives on Saturday, July 24, 2010, Kevin Macdonald's documentary creates a portrait of the mundane, moving, and profound events experienced around the globe on that date. As we learn in the movie's opening minutes, everybody gets up the same way: our feet hit the floor, we relieve ourselves, we eat breakfast, we clean our teeth, etc., etc., etc. But even in these daily rituals performed by people all over the globe, there are life-defining moments for some; for instance, we watch a 15-year-old shaving his face for the first time. This opening section establishes Macdonald's artful style -- the film isn't built in sequences, but more like movements in a piece of classical music. There's a rhythm to the editing, just as there's a rhythm to our daily lives, yet every once in a while we're surprised by something beautiful, sad, scary, or awe-inspiring. The wash of images offers up occasionally pointed, though never judgmental, commentary. For example, images of lunch being consumed in various places around the globe are interrupted by frank coverage of an animal being slaughtered in a factory. Also, footage of soldiers stationed overseas comes very close to images of a little boy playing war with his toys. At some point, Life in a Day may begin to seem pointless or silly. How many times can you watch the same people do the same things? But that's when you remember that all of these things are happening on the same day, and that while our day-to-day lives don't change very much at all, there is always the possibility of something transpiring -- a birth, a death, a wedding, a riot -- that will change the course of our lives forever. The movie does a fairly remarkable job of capturing the rhythms of human life. For a documentary that consists primarily of images revealing the minutiae of daily existence, Life in a Day builds to a heartwarming profundity.

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Includes footage from unused submissions; Joe Walker & Kevin Macdonald interviews; Director's commentary ; Editor's commentary

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Kevin Macdonald Director
Hugo Adams Sound Editor
Niv Adiri Sound Editor
Jack Arbuthnott Co-producer
Ben Barker Sound Editor
John Boughtwood Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny Freemantle Sound Editor
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Mathew Herbert Score Composer,Songwriter
Mark Heslop Sound Editor
Liza Marshall Producer
Tim Partridge Co-producer
Tom Sayers Sound/Sound Designer
Ridley Scott Executive Producer
Tony Scott Executive Producer
Joe Walker Editor


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