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This review is from: One Day [DVD]  (DVD)Danish screenwriter and director Lone Scherfig`s seventh feature film was written by English author and screenwriter David Nicholls and is and adaptation of his novel "One Day" from 2009. It was produced by American film executive Nina Jacobson and shot on location in Edinburgh, Scotland, London, England and Dinard and Paris, France. It tells the story about Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew who meet each other in Edinburgh on the 15th of July in 1988 after their graduation and spends the night together. Before going their separate ways, Emma and Dexter agrees to only be friends. In 1990, Dexter is travelling the world having numerous relationships and Emma is working as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant in Kentish Town, London. Emma and Dexter meets again and remains close friends, but when Dexter becomes a television host and Emma meets a comedian named Ian, they drift apart.
This character-driven USA-UK co-production, subtly directed by Lone Scherfig, has some ardent milieu depictions which emphasizes the films romantic atmosphere and draws a moving and involving portrayal of a lasting relationship that spans from 1988 to 2011 between a man and a woman in their early thirties who are in love, but holds on to their decision about only being friends. Well-paced and with a flashback narrative structure that focuses on the characters whereabouts on the 15th of July as years pass by, this drama examines themes like faith, loneliness, compromises, friendship and love.
Notable for it`s fine cinematography by French cinematographer Benoit Delhomme and with a significant score by English composer Rachel Portman, this charming independent film works both as a partly engaging study of character that grows stronger in the second half of the film and a humorous and compelling love-story and is impelled and reinforced by the reverent and empathic acting performances by English actor Jim Sturgess, American actress Anne Hathaway and English actor Rafe Spall, Scottish actor Ken Stott and English actress Romola Garai`s good supporting acting performances.