Everyday (15)

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Tue Oct 16 2012

Michael Winterbottom (‘24 Hour Party People’, ‘A Mighty Heart’) spent five years, on and off, filming this fictional portrait of a mother of four, Karen (Shirley Henderson), coping with the imprisonment of her husband, Ian (John Simm), for a minor crime of which we never hear the details. But this isn’t a crime story or a sketch of life in jail: it’s a tender study of a fractured family adapting to new circumstances and is not so dissimilar in temperament and rhythm to ‘Wonderland’ and ‘Genova’ – Winterbottom’s previous collaborations with the writer Laurence Coriat. ‘Wonderland’, especially, is evoked by the presence of another poignant score by Michael Nyman, although both those earlier films offered a similar – and similarly affecting – cycle of fracture and renewal as the one we experience here.

As each of the main characters in ‘Everyday’ subtly ages (or not so subtly in the case of the children), we watch as Karen occasionally visits her husband in prison with the kids in tow – meetings loaded with tension and sadness. Back at home, everyday events (meals, going to school, shifts at the pub) are coloured by absence and strain. The unusually extended shooting period and Winterbottom’s decision to cast siblings as the kids make for a strangely intimate and powerful depiction of time passing and the peaks and troughs of childhood. Winterbottom keeps things quietly observational and in-the-moment: we don’t know, for example, how long Ian’s sentence is, and, at one point, his apparent release turns out to be just for a few hours. This fragmentary and unimposing style of storytelling – coupled with exemplary performances of bottled-up fear, anger and sorrow from Henderson and Simm – means that it’s all the more powerful when the film’s climax turns out to be so moving and affecting.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Jan 18, 2013

Duration:

94 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Michael Winterbottom

Screenwriter:

Michael Winterbottom

Cast:

Shirley Henderson, John Simm, Shaun Kirk

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margaret biller

Wonderfully real. Goes at the pace of real, humdrum life. Shirley Henderson different from anything else I've seen her in - normal voice. Children marvellous

margaret biller

Wonderfully real. Goes at the pace of real, humdrum life. Shirley Henderson different from anything else I've seen her in - normal voice. Children marvellous

Elaine J

Agree Dave - a beautiful film. If I could find out where it's playing I'd love to see it again! Incidentally, pretty sure Ian's sentence was five years - he spent four birthday's away from his family, we learn in one scene after his release. I really hope it does well at the box office - it deserves to! Brilliant performances from John Simm and Shirley Henderson, and the children were just lovely. The haunting score by Michael Nyman also deserves a mention - it stays with you long after the closing credits. In short a film I would thoroughly recommend.

Elaine J

Agree Dave - a beautiful film. If I could find out where it's playing I'd love to see it again! Incidentally, pretty sure Ian's sentence was five years - he spent four birthday's away from his family, we learn in one scene after his release. I really hope it does well at the box office - it deserves to! Brilliant performances from John Simm and Shirley Henderson, and the children were just lovely. The haunting score by Michael Nyman also deserves a mention - it stays with you long after the closing credits. In short a film I would thoroughly recommend.