Author : Kev A. L. (May 7th 2012)
Journal entry : handwritten, Mont Blanc Meisterstück Fountain Pen – black ink.
My girl best friend, W, made me sit down and watch the entire movie called One Day. It adapted from the novel One Day by David Nicholls. One of her many favourite books. It was such…a raw film, honestly. Each chapter of the book covers the lives of two protagonists on 15 July, St. Swithin’s Day, for 20 years.
Dexter and Emma spend the night together following their graduation from Edinburgh University, in 1988. They talk about how they will be once they are 40. While they do not become romantically involved completely, this is the beginning of their friendship. The novel visits their lives and their relationship on 15 July in successive years in each chapter, for 20 years. Basically, the whole film told how they both stuck by each other through thick and thin. Emma and Dexter’s friendship had an increasingly difficult growth after Emma is constantly hurt by Dexter, who attempts to hide his feelings for her from both her and himself. Finally, after being treated rudely by Dexter at a restaurant, Emma breaks up the friendship.
Emma tries to overcome her problems and begins to write, while Dexter is unemployed and overwhelmed by his role as a father after his divorce from Sylvie, who was having an affair. Emma leaves to go to Paris in the hope of writing a sequel to her first successful children’s novel. When Dexter visits her in Paris, he learns that she has met someone and likes him, and for the first time admits his feelings to her. After talking about their relationship, Emma chooses Dexter.
Emma and Dexter form a relationship, are happy together, and get married, but Emma wants a child. The couple finds themselves frustrated by their failing attempts to have a child. Dexter, however, is able to open a deli-café and finds himself on his way back to being successful again. On the anniversary of the day they met after graduation and the day they got together, Emma and Dexter have an appointment to see a house. While travelling there, Emma has a bike accident and dies. After her death, Dexter finds himself in despair. He starts to drink again and provokes people in bars to get beaten.
He is comforted by his ex-wife Sylvie, his father, and his daughter. Three years after Emma’s death Dexter travels with his daughter to Edinburgh, where he and Emma met, and they climb the same hill together that he and Emma climbed 19 years ago. The film ends with a vivid and lingering memory of what happened after that stay together 20 years before: their goodbye kiss after the evening, promise to stay in touch, and goodbye.
It was literally the hardest thing to ever watch then when I asked W why did she make me watch it. She looked at me and said “You lost the love of your life to another man. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be best friends once again. Just remember, you need to tell her your feelings before it is too late. Love like that…doesn’t come around to many people. Each of us is only given one chance to cherish it so you go tell her how you feel. Say it loud and proud. Stand there. Even if you have hurt her, it is between you and God. I know her for she will forgive you. Don’t end up a Dex in the movie because by then, it is too late.”
All visuals and words belong to Win W.™ unless stated otherwise.