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good indy look at UK's lower class
The film appears to have been shot in Lincolnshire and Norfolk, much in the Stamford area, and focuses on one family over five years, as they wait for the father to be released from prison. This is not one of those depressing `true life' stories, but is a non-judgemental documentary style piece about a family living with an edge of expectation of what's round the corner, with real life pending for the moment. The film benefits from being shot over five years, as there are no changes of actors as the children age. John Simm and Shirley Henderson are completely believable ordinary parents, and the natural performances of the children, who are real-life siblings, help create the documentary feel.
Well-acted, well-shot, but man... it really doesn't come together. Certain sequences are well cut, but overall the pace is just fucking OFF. I've never been so sleepy watching a movie I was so engrossed by, if that makes any sense.
I would give it another star but it didn't really lead anywhere and it dragged and waffled when it wasn't necessary.
A fascinating film - the couple and their children are decent people who are trying to get through a protracted, difficult time in their lives where many would have failed.
The only true brilliance of this movie is the director's choice to shoot it each year, for four years, two weeks. Too bad, he couldn't also come up with a story line as well. I mean, he had FOUR YEARS! Critics love it. Audience hate it, I'm with the audience on this one.
"Everyday" is the story of Karen(Shirley Henderson) and Ian(John Simm, not playing a time traveler for once), parents of four children. While Ian is serving a prison sentence, Karen takes care of the children while working a succession of low paying jobs. In between, she gets up at the crack of dawn with her children to make the long journey via public transportation to visit him.
And that's it for any kind of plot here, except for maybe the subplot about Karen's burgeoning friendship with another man. But that's pretty much all you need in Michael Winterbottom's supremely naturalistic exploration of the hardships of the families of those behind bars in England where at least everybody seems very polite.
Beautifully filmed and marvelously acted this simple yet complex film shot over years tells a very ordinary story of a family and their day-to-day existence and travails while the father is in prison. The juxtaposition of the shots of the English countryside often resplendent with color with the drab prison affirms the sense of loss that the father feels while incarcerated. His wife carries the weight of maintaining the family by herself. Nothing explodes and there is no plot per se beyond that of what we call life. It is a tale of family, of frailty and, ultimately, endurance.
Thought provoking. Well done.
Not for everyone.
Michael Winterbottom goes reality show style.