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This potent film from Michael Winterbottom (The Trip, 24 Hour Party People, A Cock and Bull Story) is a story of survival and love, a celebration of the small pleasures of everyday life. The father Ian (John Simm - Life On Mars, Doctor Who) is in prison. The mother Karen (Shirley Henderson - The Gruffalo, Meek's Cutoff) has to bring up a family of four children by herself.
Filmed over a period of five years, Everyday uses the repetitions and rhythms of everyday life to explore how a family can survive a prolonged period apart. The story unfolds in a series of visits: first the family visiting the father in prison, later the father visiting the family at home. With each visit the distance between the children and their father becomes harder to bridge.
By avoiding the normal cinematic conventions of time passing, Everyday focuses on the small subtle changes as people grow up and grow old whilst being apart.
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I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the première of this film before it aired on Channel 4 last week, and have been hoping that it would be released on DVD. As a cinema feature it was almost overwhelming - on television, it was almost harrowingly intimate, and almost like a docudrama in feel.
As the previous reviewer noted, 'Everyday' really does benefit from having been filmed over five real years - everyone ages and whilst the most notable changes are in the children (the youngest was in nappies when filming began and at school when it finished!)the passing of time is also reflected in the two adult leads - Shirley Henderson stops looking quite so much like a teenager who could almost be an older sibling and more like a lonely and careworn mother; John Simm's hair gets greyer and his face more angular. That the four children were real-life siblings and the filming done in their own home really lends the whole thing such a natural feel that you instantly accept them as a family, and although none of the children had acted before they behave naturally with Shirley as their mum Karen. They also behave with natural shyness and wariness around John's character Ian when they go to visit him in prison (three real prisons were used in filming and many of the extras were real prisoners, the warders real prison employees)and the stilted conversation on both sides just feels so real it makes you want to cry for them all. Ian may not have a lot to say in prison, but his utter desolation as he realises that he is missing his children growing up is always there in every long-distance phone call, every too-short visit, bubbling quietly and desperately under the surface.Read more ›
Distinctly and finely directed by UK filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from the mother, father and children`s viewpoints, draws a tangible and intimate portrayal of four children who are missing their father and a hard working mother whom is struggling to hold her family together whilst regularly visiting her man who is incarcerated. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by cinematographers James Clarke, Sean Bobbitt, Marcel Zyskind, Simon Tindall and Anne Marie Lean Vercoe, use of sound and realism, this narrative-driven story where the continuity is created by repetitions and abrupt editing depicts two interrelated studies of character and contains a great score by English composer Michael Nyman.Read more ›
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Slow meditation on family life and relationships. Very affecting.Published 12 months ago by Nicholas B. Gibbs
An excellent real time story about a family struggling to survive with the father in prison and the mother working two jobs. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Flora Poste
Terrible. It was so boring & dull. Hardly anything happened! Soundtrack was very repetitive as well. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Hannah
This is difficult to review. To film a film over 5 years, as the original actors grow up, use real siblings and their home to film, and realise that the kids have not acted... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ricoh
Even though the film became monotonous at 20 minutes in, I continued to watch it because of the positive reviews on Amazon. How wrong I was. Read morePublished on 25 May 2014 by Ron
Possibly one of the worst films I have ever seen. Ever. I have no idea why this got such good reviews.Published on 14 Mar. 2014 by James Bricknell
It was a relief that all worked out well for this troubled family.
Not to everyone's taste but if you are interested in inter-personal relationships,