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  • Summary: Everyday tells the story of four children separated from their father, and a wife separated from her husband. While the father serves a five-year prison sentence, the mother raises their four children on her own. Filmed over a period of five years, Everyday uses the repetitions and rhythms of everyday life to explore how a family can survive a prolonged period apart. The film unfolds in a series of visits: first the family visiting the father in prison, later the father visiting the family at home. With each visit the distance between the children and their father becomes harder to bridge. Focusing on the small subtle changes as people grow up and grow old whilst being apart, Everyday is a story of survival and love, a celebration of the small pleasures of everyday life. [IFC Films] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Nov 19, 2013
    90
    Michael Winterbottom's wise and involving Everyday specializes in unscripted-feeling moments that ache of life.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Nov 12, 2013
    80
    A valuable, meticulously observed and wonderfully acted social-realist feature about a family under pressure.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Nov 12, 2013
    80
    A slice of raggedy realism with ultra-naturalistic performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Nov 12, 2013
    60
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 19, 2013
    60
    Even with the actors’ laudable work—especially Simm, who finally shakes off the notion that he’s a poor man’s Simon Pegg—there’s not enough going on past the temporal trick to make the humanistic elements pop. Gimmick aside, the title is regrettably apropos.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Nov 20, 2013
    42
    Movies don’t necessarily have to tell stories, but if narrative is eschewed in favor of an unvarnished portrait of ordinary life, it’s best to cheat a little and make ordinary life feel extraordinary. Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday refuses to stoop to such measures; for better and for worse — mostly for worse — it sticks to the mundane promise of its title.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Nov 12, 2013
    30
    An admirable idea in theory proves to be a real slog to sit through in Everyday.

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