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|IN A DAY (director/writer: Evan Richards; cinematographer: Gareth Pritchard; editor: James Harrod; cast: Lorraine Pilkington (Ashley Branstead ), Finlay Robertson (Michael), Rose Keegan (Judith), Jake Broder (Sammy), Martin Karem (Frank), Nolan Hemmings (Jasper), Hassani Shapi (Ray); Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Rowan Athale/Evan Richards; IFC Films; 2006-UK)|
|"A cute, quirky
and precocious indie romcom that's set in London."
by Dennis Schwartz
film as director for writer/director Evan Richards,
former child actor, is a cute, quirky and precocious
indie romcom that's set in London. It tells an
unexpected love story, that's let down with a few
awkward contrivances for its set pieces but is revived
with some good acting and worthwhile life lessons
dished out on dealing with bullies so they don't ruin
Ashley Brandstead (Lorraine
Pilkington) is a struggling young musician who works
in a sandwich shop to pay the bills. Her day gets off
to a bad start when informed the shop is closed and
while waiting at
the bus stop to
take the bus home, a well-dressed but creepy guy (Nolan Hemmings) speaks dirty to her and
when she walks away from his sexual come-on he tosses
a cup of hot coffee on her. While going to a nearby
grocery store to buy paper towels to clean-up, she's
approached by regular sandwich shop customer Michael (Finlay Robertson). He tells her he's
a graphic designer and endears himself to the upset
girl, and talks her into getting her head together
over a cup of tea. Convincing her to trust him,
Michael takes her to an expensive private boutique
and buys the reluctant Ashley some designer clothes
and then to a fancy restaurant for a gourmet lunch.
Michael then treats Ashley to a styling at a fancy
hair salon. Afterwards they go to his depressed and
bitchy day-care teacher sister's (Rose Keegan) house to give her an unappreciated
designer clothing present for her birthday.
The mysterious Michael says he will try to fulfill any one request Ashley wants, and she asks him to buy a saxophone for her busker friend (Jake Broder) who recently lost his instrument. As the unexpected pleasant day draws to a close, they run into the obnoxious coffee thrower at a bar and Michael finds a way to humiliate him without any violence. At last, Michael tells her why he's acting like an angel and his surprising revelation upsets her greatly. The climactic scene ties everything up in a pretty bow. Though enjoyable in spurts, it was a bit too gooey for my sensibilities.
REVIEWED ON 5/22/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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