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One Perfect Day (2004)

  Directed by: Paul Currie
Written by: Paul Currie, Chip Richards
Starring: Kerry Armstrong, Abbie Cornish, Nathan Phillips, Dan Spielman, Leanna Walsman
Links: One Perfect Day on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2004 (nominee)

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

One Perfect Day (2004) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Drumline (2002) and pearly's review of Tom White (2004).

"Pretty far from perfect" - a review by pearly

One Perfect Day is an Australian film about a young musically minded soul named Tommy (Dan Spielman). As the film begins, Tommy is over in England studying music, and attempting to bring a bit of his own individuality into the stuffy college. However, he rushes back to Australia when he finds out that his sister has overdosed on drugs and has died. Back at his mum's place, Tommy tries to get to know the sister that he hadn't been all that familiar with for the last couple of years of her life, and in doing this, he remembers his passion for music, and pursues it the way that he wants to.

The most interesting parts of the film, as far as I am concerned, were the innovative ways that Tommy made music - the shopping bag lady opera, use of sounds of nature alongside traditional instruments, that sort of thing. This only formed a small part of the story, and could have been expanded for enhanced viewing pleasure.

The other interesting part of the film was the character of Trig, played by Nathan Phillips. Phillips made a name for himself with a lead role in Australian Rules (2002), as a young Aussie Rules footballer. In One Perfect Day he is transformed, playing a young "raver" with boundless energy. This guy is a great actor - I think he's headed for better things.

Not so convincing is Dan "Tidy from The Secret Life of Us" Spielman. I'm sorry, but throwing a beanie onto his head is not enough to make me believe that he's a virtuoso pianist and violinist, and so adept with music that he is able to learn to scratch and is DJing a huge outdoor gig a week or so after discovering that such things exist. Spielman isn't terrible, but he's far from great, and he's certainly not enough to make me overlook the incredible amount of schmaltz that is contained within this film.

One Perfect Day is a pretty good-looking and sounding film, but it goes for much longer than its subject matter allows it - it certainly would have benefitted from hefty editing. As an example, the storyline involving Tommy's girlfriend Alysse (Leanna Walsman) and the powerful DJ Hector was really long-winded and unnecessary, and could have been changed to almost anything else in order to reach the same conclusion that the film did.

There were certainly some redeeming factors; Kerry Armstrong as Tommy's grieving mother was brilliant as she usually is, as was the aforementioned Phillips. But overall, this is a film that smacks of trying a little too hard, and of not quite capturing the scene with which it is trying to emulate. I am far from an expert on rave culture, but being a fan of music of a different sort, it came across to me as though a fan of The Offspring was trying to make a film about Godspeed You Black Emperor!.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 24 Feb 2004

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Reader comments

  1. cool

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from lady on Mon 05 Apr 2004 17:05 #

  2. The inexperience of the director and producers comes through in the edit of the film. 1/3 through the film and I didn't care about the characters anymore. the pretty and professional cinematography is wasted on the predictable and convoluted story.

    The impressive list of artists on the soundtrack does nothing to aid the already tiresome editing. It really seems as though the producers were throwing in 30 seconds of every contracted musical artist in the hopes of making more bucks from selling the soundtrack.

    Rating given: 5

    A comment from lyrrad on Thu 06 Jan 2005 22:17 #

  3. Well scripted, well filmed, well directed and very well acted. The story line is a minor let down but an all in all good movie

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Thomo on Wed 26 Jan 2005 20:35 #

  4. top flick

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from yo on Wed 26 Jan 2005 20:36 #

  5. this film is a masterpeice. it does not stereotype or outd down. it is true and beautiful. congrats to everyone involved with the project!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from emily on Tue 15 Feb 2005 12:27 #

  6. One of the best films to get into dance music, the raves were awesome and the actors made One Perfect Day... one perfect movie.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Alice on Sat 19 Mar 2005 12:55 #

  7. With all due respect, i don't know if the above 4 comments were people involved with the film, or involved with the production company, but your comments sure sound like it.

    If you really thought this movie was 'one perfect movie' and a 'top flick', maybe you should take up a hobby, other than reviewing movies.

    The script was terrible and contrived.. obviously written by someone who had no idea about the scene the movie was talking about..
    It would have been a walk-out movie for me, except i rented it on DVD at home, so watched the whole thing.

    I thought Dan Spielman's performance was actually quite good, given what he had to work with..
    The most interesting parts where the music, and what he did with it.. Like when at the outdoor doof, he gets the natural + vocal + beats going really well together, and it *briefly* catches the feel and unity of a good party.. but only briefly. That was the highlight of an otherwise poor movie.

    Rating given: 3

    A comment from Chuppa on Wed 23 Mar 2005 16:26 #

  8. This movie was a horrid collection of terrible acting, shitty SFX and overused sound effects that make your ears want to bleed. This movie was nausiating from start to finish, complete with disconected plotting and unrealisitic events. I would not inflict this movie on any human being, even if i loathed them with the utmost passion.

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from MaPai on Thu 15 May 2008 15:37 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 7.13 (8 ratings)

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