Review: Life in a Day (2011)
I took a different way going back home today. It was a hot day. The sky was a perfect blue: no cloud. I had been sitting on my desk all day. It was dull and unproductive day so some exercises, fresh air, and some excitement differents were much welcomed. I decided to walk into the city centre and to catch the underground from there instead of the normal route from the university.
As I waited for the walker’s light to turn green, I opened my bag and took my sunny out and wore them. It is not often I put them on. I don’t like the look of me in any of them but recently I succumbed to my own wisdom that I better give my eyes some TLCs if I want them to last at least another thirty years.
Looking through the shaded world gave me a strange feeling. I observed many things that I normally don’t as I walked on: the way people walked, the similar looks of the six guys who shared the same coffee table, things people were looking at. I looked into the eyes of people who took no noticed of me as they walked passed. I looked into the shops alongside the high street and the people in them. One of the shop caught my attention specially. It was the famous crystal shop of Austria. People inside it were really focus. They were admiring the goods, trying them on, putting them off, looking at themselves in the mirror perhaps fighting off their desire or just weighting up the unreasonable reasons to buy. Quicker than my walking pace was my slanderous thought: “They are just stones”. I know it was wrong thought. I shook my head as if it would help me getting ride of them and walked on.
23.01hr – I had just finished watching a film called: Life in a Day. It was a edited collection of all the clips people uploaded to YouTube on 24th July 2010. The film shows slightly more than what its title say: it shows lives in a day. The story was ordinary, nothing was special. People living their lives, going through the normal Saturday from dawn till dusk, sharing their thoughts, activities and feeling: love, fear and hope. It was so normal it could have been this Saturday or last Saturday or any Saturdays yet it was amazingly touching. I let my tears go – a few times. I know that life is beautiful just as it is but to see it right before me, it was something. Looking at other’s lives I saw an honest reflection of my own and how amazing we are, although we might not feel that all the time.
If my sunny-specs provides a thin layer that separated me and the world, a detachment that allowed me to make an examination of my environments from a different point of view. YouTube could be similar. For it gives people a safe environment that they can express themselves honestly, frankly, and BE, just as they are.
I don’t and won’t say much more: Just live life the best you can and go to see this film. It makes me love my life and yours.
Verdict 5/5: One of the best films I have seen.
p.s. I got home safely. Changes are good.