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On a Clear Day
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Directed By
Gaby Dellal

Written By:
Alex Rose

Peter Mullan, Brenda Blethyn, Billy Boyd, Ron Cook, Jodhi May, Sean McGinley, Benedict Wong, Jamie Sives, Paul Ritter, Shaun Dingwall, Anne Marie Timoney

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On a Clear Day (2006)
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Movie Review by Shannon
May 23rd, 2012

MY GRADE: B plus to A minus.

I decided to stream this one thinking I could sort of watch it while surfing the Web but it turned out to be an awesome film that took away most of my attention. A 50 something man loses his job of 20 years plus in a shipping yard in Glasgow and falls into a deep depression. After a time he comes up with the idea to swim the English Channel as a symbolic way to regain his self esteem. His friends and family, who have their own issues, either help him or don't know about it until later (leading to further complications, of course).

As the story progresses you find out why it's so unusual that of all the things to pick this man picks to swim the English Channel (i.e. a family tragedy). The tale has its ups and downs but its meant to be an inspirational story but as the hero progresses his victories begin to inspire his friends to do more with their lives. The relationship between the father and son is gradually revealed and poignant. This isn't something you watch for extreme dramatic points nor to see cars exploding. It's about the human heart in conflict and how sometimes we get past it.

CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B plus to A minus; THEME FOCUS: A minus to A; WHEN WATCHED: today; OVERALL GRADE: B plus to A minus.

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