Nov 27, 2011

Life in a Day[2011]

Life in a Day is a wonderful documentary about humans, about life, about love and loss and fear. Youtube and the Scott brothers asked the world to document one day, the 24th of July 2010 and then send the videos. After 80.000 submissions, 4.500 hours of footage was obtained from 190 countries all around the world and made into a 90 minutes documentary.

It basically takes you through normal day to day activities and occurances: breakfast, work, babies, love, relationships and so on!

Random moments that I loved: "between 3 am and 4am the veil between the this world and the next is the thinnest"; people going to work before sunrise; "alpha male traped in"; the rooster singing; the cute wake-up faces; people peeing; first shave; babies; the man who travels around the world; the woman with the chicken bag and canadian flag; the guy with the Lamborgini; "But we are still alive"; the slaughtering; "I actually love my refrigerator, it's such a cool place"; 4 men on a bycicle; jumping in the pool; the woman flying etc etc.

Two special mentions: 1. there is a scene where a guy is in a subway and films a girl in the next compartment reading; she looks up, he shies away, with camera down- a lovely moment! 2. kid in the pool: "I fear growing up"- oh, you are so right, kiddo!

They end the documentary with a testimonial from a normal girl, with a normal life, who wants more, who wants to feel part of something! Don't we all want the same?

90 minutes of footage showing us life as it happens in every part of the world- same feelings, same relationships, same fears. What do we all have in common? We all try to live our lives the best way we can and survive another day! Wonderful!

Did you see it? Any other documentary recommendations for me? I am intrigued!


  1. Great review Aziza!

    I loved this film, it made me feel something on every level. I think that the biggest moment for me was the realisation that even though we sometimes feel like we are alone or isolated or that our problems are the biggest in the world, there is a huge world out there with plenty of people all going through the same types of things, feelings, or emotions.

    It was a beautiful film and I will definitely watch it again.

  2. Great film, great review! Loved the score too!

  3. I've heard so many great things about this one, but I haven't gotten around to seeing this yet. Maybe a good one to take home for the holidays.

  4. @Russel: Thanks for dropping by! I loved that moment, as well, it really touched me and I identified with it!
    @Pete: Yeah, the score was great, very suitable for the movie!Thanks!
    @BT: You should definitely give it a try, it's really interesting!

  5. Good huh?

    Also good that oyu can watch it totally for free and legally!!

    Hope you are well matey

  6. Hey Scott, thanks for dropping by! I am good, I've been busy showing my friend around London, but now I am back in full movie mode! :) What about you? And yes, being able to see it free online is great, they were smart about it!

  7. Life in a Day didn't really do it for me at all, but I saw it many months ago, and feel like I should watch it again. It had spirited moments, but I felt like the gimmick outweighed the content.

    As for doc recommendations, I made a list of some of my faves a while back:

  8. @Alex: Thanks for the list! I will check it out soon! Life in a day is a good documentary, I personally like the feeling of normality, of reality, and that was what this film inspired me, although it might be too boring or uninteresting for some!

  9. I love the scene in Life in a Day, where he puts shaving cream all over his nose, haha. A film to watch if you are really tired I think ( :

    Other docs? I'd recommend Home (2009) Could be the most beautiful film I ever saw.
    Free on youtube as well!