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One Day

Twenty Years. Two People 

Year: 2011 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Lone Scherfig 
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson  
An image from One Day

Bound within a single date every year, July 15th, this film follows a unique journey that truly allows us to live a day in the life of our characters.

Based on the bestselling novel by David Nicholls, this film follows the working class Emma (Anne Hathaway) and the wealthy Dexter (Jim Sturgess) for one day a year since their graduation from the University of Edinburgh in 1988. Together or apart this date acts as a doorway into their lives full of love, fights, missed opportunities and hopes. The many facets of life are addressed face on in Scherfig’s adaptation. As their relationship blossoms and falls, the film demonstrates the ever-changing nature of life whilst keeping the audience gripped with Emma and Dexter’s story – a powerful romance only made stronger by the twenty years of their lives which we witness. As the characters age and move on, it is this one day that draws them back.

Donning a British, northern accent Anne Hathaway’s performance casts a new light over Nicholls’ character of Emma. Hathaway’s Emma is brighter than the Emma of the novel, which contrasts greatly to her performance in the more gripping and dark sequences. One Day isn’t the average romance, as it gives its audience more heartfelt insight to the characters and plots. Hathaway’s performance successfully achieves this in an engaging and alluring way, with some are already calling her role ‘terrific’.

Made by the director of An Education this film is sure to be a success. With the combination of love and tragedy alongside hopes and aspirations, this movie sets out to be a genuinely powerful and moving journey.

Emily Hopkins

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Screenings of this film:

2011/2012 Autumn Term (35mm)