The kind of film that can break a heart

The Trailer
The Banter
An excerpt from the book:
            ‘Let’s just cuddle, shall we?’
            ‘Of course. If you want,’ he said gallantly, though in truth he had never really seen the point of cuddling. Cuddling was for great aunts and teddy bears. Cuddling gave him cramp. Best now to admit defeat and get home as soon as possible, but she was settling her head on his shoulder territorially, and they lay like this, rigid and self-conscious for some time before she said;
            ‘Can’t believe I used the word ‘cuddle’. Bloody ‘ell – cuddle. Sorry about that.’
            He smiled. ‘S’alright. Least it wasn’t snuggle.’
            ‘Snuggle’s pretty bad’
            ‘Or smooch.’
            ‘Smooch is awful.  Let’s promise never, ever to smooch,’ she said, regretting the remark at once. What, together? There seemed little chance of that. They lapsed into silence again. They had been talking, and kissing, for the last eight hours, and both had that deep, whole body fatigue that arrives at dawn. Blackbirds were singing in the overgrown back garden.
            ‘I love that sound’ he mumbled into her hair. ‘Blackbirds at dawn.’
            ‘I hate it. Makes me think I’ve done something I’ll regret.’
            ‘That’s why I love it,’ he said, aiming once again for a dark, charismatic effect. A moment, then he added ‘Why, have you?’
            ‘Done something you regret?’
            ‘What, this you mean?’ She squeezed his hand. ‘Oh, I expect so. Don’t know yet, do I? Ask me in the morning. Why, have you?’
            He pressed his mouth against the top of her head. ‘Course not,’ he said and thought this must never, ever happen again.

The Music
And look: Emma Morley's mixtape (she makes 2 for Dexter, one in 1989 and another in 2000), which already sound like the kind of songs I'd be playing if I want to feel the glory of getting my heart smashed into bits (let's check-- 11 of these are already on regular shuffle rotation in Sunshine the ipod):

Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
There is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
Fight The Power - Public Enemy
All I Want - Joni Mitchell
Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies
This is Love - PJ Harvey
Fade into You - Mazzy Star
On Saturday Afternoons in 1963 - Rickie Lee Jones
In My Life - The Beatles
Days - The Kinks
Walk on By - Dionne Warwick
Baby - Os Mutantes
These Days - Nico
Company - Rickie Lee Jones
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Aria from the Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles
Pitseleh - Elliot Smith
Lover, You Should Have Come Over - Jeff Buckley
All to You - Ellen Mcilwaine
Dedicated to the One I Love - The Shirelles
Corrina, Corrina - Bob Dylan
Each and Everyone - Everything But The Girl
Nothing in this World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout My Girl - The Kinks
Vitamin C - Can
Good Fortune - PJ Harvey
My Sweet Lord - Nina Simone
St. Swithin's Day - Billy Bragg
I Know It's Over - The Smiths
Dress - PJ Harvey
Northern Sky - Nick Drake
I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career - Belle and Sebastian
Protection - Massive Attack
Uncertain Smile - The The
Who Knows Where The Time Goes - Fairport Convention
Missing - Everything But The Girl
Pearly Dew-drops - The Cocteau Twins
Cruel - Prefab Sprout
Heroes - David Bowie
Magic in the Air - Badly Drawn Boy
Needle in a Haystack - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
The Bottle - Gil Scott-Heron
Gloria - Patti Smith
Shipbuilding - Robert Wyatt
Love and Affection - Joan Armatrading
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - The Slits
All Day and All Of The Night - The Kinks
The Boy With The Arab Strap - Belle & Sebastian
Once Around The Block - Badly Drawn Boy
That Summer Feeling - Jonathan Richman
I'm A Believer - Robert Wyatt
Long Hot Summer - The Style Council
Can't Find My Way Home - Ellen McIlwaine

For more One Day insights, check out David Nicholls' page here: http://www.davidnichollswriter.com/one_day/4

A soundtrack, lines here and there, an amazing trailer, are things we go by when we decide whether a movie is worth our time or not. Based on the book excerpts available on David Nicholls' website and on the director's taste (Lone Scherfig, the same genius who directed An Education), I already know One Day is a must-see. It's even promising to be Up There with Reality Bites, Almost Famous, Sense & Sensibility, Elizabethtown, An Education, Toy Story 3 (I kid you not) in that it's somewhat perspective-altering or perspective-considering. 

I'll stop the sappiness now and, together with Turtle, just promise to survive seeing this film. :)

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