Life in a Day


Documentary / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 14027


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Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

idea more compelling than reality

People were asked to film their lives during 24th July, 2010. Thousands contributed and Kevin Macdonald edited the 4500 hours of footage from 192 countries into about ninety minutes. It basically follows chronologically through the day. There are also sections with a specific theme like hunting for food, and weddings. There are a few prepared questions that people answer in their footage. This is produced by Scott Free Productions and YouTube. As expected, most of this is shaky-camera amateur work. Sometimes, there are beautiful shots. There are plenty of intriguing everyday stuff that are not usually seen in your Hollywood fare. There are some shocking moments. There is a crowd crush situation and some war-torn footages. Overall, there is an unity about the human existence being shown. The idea may be more compelling than the actual execution. This becomes almost archival material for future generations. As for the final girl, it starts off as a tearjerker. It turns a little narcissism which is fitting for Youtube, but then it becomes a nice wrap for the whole movie.

Reviewed by sofiaosthoff 2 / 10

too many white people!!

Great idea, i was hoping to see great variety since it supposed to be 192 countries, but it was 70% white people being whatever. and too many Americans. if i wanted to see Americans i would see the rest of netflix.

honestly disappointed!!

A Vida em um Dia (2011) "Life in a Day" (original title) PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Drama | 20 April 2012 (Brazil) 7,7 Your rating: 2/10 Ratings: 7,7/10 from 12.714 users Metascore: 58/100 Reviews: 54 user | 92 critic | 18 from A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010.

Directors: Kevin Macdonald, Hiroaki Aikawa, 27 more credits » Stars: Hiroaki Aikawa, Cindy Baer, Teagan Bentley | See full cast and crew »

Reviewed by amberckerr 5 / 10

A good idea, but uneven and biased in how it portrays Earth's population

It sounded like a great idea: a patchwork picture of human life on Earth created from thousands of videos contributed by individual citizens. I eagerly looked forward to this movie, but in the end, I was disappointed overall. Here's why:

1. The geographical distribution of the selected video clips was not at all representative of the Earth's population. Instead, they were heavily skewed toward wealthy English-speaking countries. Out of the 90 minutes of film, only a few minutes were devoted to Africa and South America. And, among all the thousands of clips, there was not a single one from China - home to one-fifth of the world's population!

2. Women were severely underrepresented, both as filmmakers (judging by the narrators' voices) and as subjects. I would estimate that no more than 20% of the content was contributed by women. The few substantive clips that did focus on women often portrayed them in a context of helplessness (dead; gravely ill with cancer; complaining about their husband's lack of help; crying over an absent husband, bemoaning their ordinary lives).

Apparently the filmmakers did try to increase representation from the developing world by sending envoys of videographers and cameras, but their efforts fell far short in that regard.

3. Many of the longer clips that they chose to feature focused on families in terrible situations, people doing weird things, and melodramatic monologues (all from white people). Contrary to what other reviewers have said, I do not feel that the overall effect of the film was very positive. I know that the filmmakers strove for a balance between the ordinary and the extraordinary, but I think they erred too far toward the extraordinary and bizarre.

4. There are some shocking and prolonged scenes of graphic animal cruelty. I had to cover my daughter's eyes during these moments. They were upsetting even for me.

There were some parts of the film that I enjoyed. It was very clever how the filmmakers seamlessly spliced together common elements of an ordinary day from across the world: eggs frying in Spain and Canada; toilets flushing in Dubai and Sydney. (These sorts of collages were actually done better in the "Deleted Scenes" than in the movie itself, I thought.)

Also, if you are watching on DVD, I would highly recommend turning on the titles that name the location of each clip. Without those titles, I would have spent the whole movie frantically trying to guess each place.

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