Comments: Review of the series “One Day” by Nicole Taylor (Netflix)

-Scottish Nicole Taylor, creator of series such as Three girls also The C word And screenwriter for films such as Wild Rose: Follow your own songDo com. showrunner From this miniseries, which in several clips reaches romantic levels and has two exceptional performances by Leo Woodall and Ambika Maude.
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Always on the same day (one day, United Kingdom/2024). Show Director: Nicole Taylor. Directed by: Molly Manners (4 episodes), Luke Snellen (4 episodes), John Hardwicke (3 episodes), Kate Hewitt (3 episodes). Cast: Leo Woodall, Ambika Maude, Amber Graby, Brendan Quinn, Johnny Weldon, Tim McInerney and Eleanor Tomlinson. Based on the novel by David Nicholls. Duration: 14 episodes, ranging in length from 19 to 38 minutes. Total duration: 394 minutes. Available on Netflix.

one day It is a novel written by David Nichols and achieved huge commercial success after its publication in 2009. one day It was later a 2011 film with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess directed by Danish Lone Schervig that didn't even make it to theaters here in Argentina and was released straight to DVD as Always on the same day (Can be seen on Amazon Prime Video). And one day It is now the Netflix series that was just uploaded on the streaming platform with the same local title as the movie.

It's, in principle, an engaging “concept” story: in the first episode, we meet Dexter (the lovely Leo Woodall) and Emma (the adorable Ambika Maude) at the moment of their college graduation. They leave the party together, spend the night and the next day together, and say goodbye (he has a trip planned to France). What seems like a casual and fleeting encounter will become a 20-year story of love and friendship.

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Each episode (there are 14 in total, ranging from 19 to 38 minutes in length) recounts a day (generally July 15) from that initial encounter in 1988 to 1999, while the final two episodes (which I will refer to later, in a section containing spoilers It covers the period between 2000 and 2007).

During those twenty years there will be everything: other love stories, failed marriages, fatherhood, alcoholism and other excesses, fame and jealousy, pain and depression, trips to Greece and Paris, but above all meetings, disagreements and reunions.

He is a blond-haired, quite arrogant man from the wealthy class who at one point became a star as a TV presenter. The daughter of a Hindu, she is a typical progressive young woman with cultural aspirations and a talent for writing. Beings who are destined to be incompatible, but against all odds and against all odds they love each other very much. Sometimes it feels like they can't be together…or apart.

Although parents, boyfriends, boyfriends, and girlfriends wander into his world, the series is essentially an exploration of that very special relationship. In this sense, it is Leo Woodall and Ambika Maude who keep the narrative going with pure chemistry and pure magnetism. They are the people on screen who can handle even the cheesiest situations with elegance, grace and commendable naturalness.

Why does a story like this work when hundreds of similar plots are told without the same effectiveness or compassion? This is the “magic” of audiovisual material that we often mention, and the sensitivity that filmmakers like Richard Linklater, Luca Guadagnino, or Sally Rooney can contribute when carried into the world of series. Ordinary peoplethat story with Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, with which she has some points in common Always on the same day.

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Spoiler alert: About the end of the series

If you're reading this paragraph, it's because you've already watched the entire series (or seen Scherfig's film or read Nichols' novel). In the penultimate episode, Em (ma) dies after being run over while riding a bike during a rainy evening on the streets of London. So, the last two parts are about the mourning that Dex(ter) and those who knew Em will do over the next few years.

For a series that, regardless of its logical ups and downs, is one of the most accomplished episodes (some of which, with a duration of only 15 minutes, include only two or three scenes), it gave moments of love and humor that were wonderfully created. With lightness and empathy, such a tragic outcome is a low blow in search of an epic, majestic dimension that can be moving on some levels, but on many others it ends up being disturbing. This is not the ending this beautiful series deserves, but that's what transcendent, “larger than life” love stories are.


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