Now is Good and One Day: two emotionally poignant dramas arrive on DVD

17th January, 2013

Now Is Good and One Day last year provided a good barometer as to the health of the next generation of actors, ones who we'll be seeing in films for years to come. These two emotionally heart-wrenching dramas showcase the talents of Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess very well - why not make them the next films you watch in your film club?

Now Is Good (12, 11+)

Duration: 103mins
Year: 2012
Director (s): Ol Parker
Cast: Paddy ConsidineDakota FanningJeremy IrvineKaya Scodelario

Dakota Fanning goes British for her starring role in this touching drama, playing a 17-year-old who is dying of leukaemia and is intent on cramming as much life experience into the little time she has left, drawing up a to-do list that includes taking drugs and losing her virginity. When attractive new neighbour Adam arrives on the scene, the prospect of romance rears its head. A gently irreverent sense of humour and skilled acting from a great cast keep the film from ever becoming too melodramatically schmaltzy, even though several scenes are bound to have you reaching for your tissues.

Related films: The Myth of the American Sleepover, All About My Mother, Beaches, The Sweet Hereafter, The Breakfast Club

One DayOne Day (12, 11+)

Duration: 107mins
Year:
2011
Director (s):
Lone Scherfig
Cast:
Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess, Rafe Spall

Adapted by author David Nicholls from his mega-selling novel, this will-they/won't-they romantic comedy drama stars Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway as friends with possible benefits, Dex and Em. Checking in with the (sort of) couple over twenty years - and always on the same day - this charts the highs and lows of their relationship with wit and pop-culture references to spare. If that makes it sound superficial, it's not - this has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments but is genuinely perceptive, hugely affecting and is anchored by appealing performances from the two leads (though the jury's still out on Hathaway's Yorkshire accent!).

Related films: Some Kind Of Wonderful, Brokeback Mountain, When Harry Met Sally, Say Anything, Four Weddings And A Funeral

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Watch our interview with Now Is Good star Jeremy Irvine, talking about his role as Pip in last year's Great Expectations.

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