Life in a Day (12A)
Friday 17 June 2011
Kevin Macdonald has sifted 4,500 hours of YouTube footage submitted from around the globe to make the record of a single day: 24 July, 2010.
The patchwork meditation that emerges is jumpy, chaotic, banal, moving, wry, funny, frightening – the stuff of life itself. From the hundreds of clips whizzing past a handful stick to your brain like flypaper: a Korean widower remembering his late wife; a young woman quoting a dead South American dialect. The montages of people washing, or cooking, or drumming, are fun but not especially illuminating, and the we-are-the-world moments of affection are often soppy. The best comes last, a video diary by a disappointed girl who confesses that nothing much has happened to her today, expressing at once the shared fear of insignificance and her honest gratitude at being alive.
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 4 Homer Simpson takes the ALS ice bucket challenge because of course he does
- 5 Hello Kitty is not a cat after all
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Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
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