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One Perfect Day
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by Stephen Groenewegen

3 stars

Like Moulin Rouge!, One Perfect Day is an ambitious Australian adaptation of the Orpheus and the Underworld myth in a musical setting.

Tommy Matisse (he’s an artist geddit?) is studying classical music in London. He is obsessed with incorporating everyday noise (“life’s symphony”) into an avant-garde opera. Think homeless people screaming at each other onstage against a backdrop of multi-layered natural sounds, all to a soothing piano accompaniment. Then Tommy’s sister (Abbie Cornish), whom he’s neglected, drops dead of a drug overdose whilst in the care of his girlfriend Alysse (Leanna Walsman). Tommy returns to Melbourne and follows his girlfriend and dead sister’s trail into the underground rave scene.

The best scenes of One Perfect Day revolve around music, partly because producers Phil Gregory and Paul Currie (who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Chip Richards) have assembled a world-class dance music soundtrack. It’s great to see an Australian film bursting with ambition and fresh, extravagant ideas. Unfortunately, an underdeveloped script fails to sufficiently execute these ideas. Catastrophic events overtake characters before we’ve had any chance to care for them. So the workings of the plot seem contrived and over-the-top. Important characters are fatally underwritten, particularly the villain of the piece, drug lord Hector (Andrew Howard).

Nathan Phillips proves himself an adept comic and brings surprising depths to his supporting role as a dim-witted dealer with feelings. Spielman and Walsman are attractive performers, but struggle to find any humour in their parts. There are terrific moments scattered throughout One Perfect Day - a euphoric beach party at dawn, Hector bashfully shaving his body hair in front of a mirror. Currie also shows real affinity with handling crowds – the rave scenes look refreshingly authentic.

One Perfect Day is an accomplished debut. With more work on the script, it could have dazzled.

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10/09/05 Andi Andrew Howard (Hector) rules..! 4 stars
1/14/05 Jeeves 'Reefer Madess' for the twenty first century. Watch out for those drugs, young'uns! 1 stars
11/09/04 Ashlee Hards It was a fantastic movie 5 stars
11/06/04 TCIC This was just stupid, overly wierd and fails to grab your attention 1 stars
7/27/04 Steve Bartnik Awesome, loved it. 5 stars
7/14/04 Ellie Absoloutley freaking awesome. I loved it. 5 stars
7/11/04 Me Damn good. 5 stars
4/08/04 Steve Fav Movie In A Long Time, Rave On! 5 stars
4/05/04 Trevor Appletree Awesome soundtrack awesome movie 5 stars
3/10/04 Jacinta This is a totally rockin movie 5 stars
3/07/04 scented suppository haunting and picturesque greatly complimented the music 5 stars
3/07/04 Goran Awesome movie, best soundtrack EVER!!! 5 stars
3/04/04 Brad the story's a bit all over the shop but otherwise this film's a great cinematic experience 4 stars
3/04/04 steve great film 4 stars
3/03/04 sarah i loved this movie!! BEST AUSSIE MOVIE I SEEN SO FAR!!!! 5 stars
3/03/04 Alex I thought it rocked! But it was a little disjointed. 4 stars
2/29/04 Wilson Slow to start, alright for the next hour or so. A little bit too cliche for my liking... 3 stars
2/24/04 michelle shows how good aussie films can be ! 5 stars
2/21/04 stevie loved the movie and i dont normally like assie movies 5 stars
2/17/04 megan aitken i thought it was the best australian movie by far, well done! 5 stars
2/15/04 norm sharp saw a preview screening loved it! 5 stars
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