Everyday (United Kingdom, dir. Michael Winterbottom)
Michael Winterbottom’s other film at this year’s European Union Film Festival, Everyday, is a micro-budget drama about the lives of a woman and her four kids after her husband is imprisoned on drug charges. Using a barebones documentary style, Everyday was filmed over five years with actors Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter, Meek’s Cutoff), John Simm (Doctor Who) and four real-life siblings. The production is certainly ambitious, with few (but growing number of) projects taking this approach to show time on film, but the results here are particularly modest. The film is in the traditional British “kitchen sink” style, focusing on normal people living normal lives and dealing with normal issues.