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Omeleto Review: 'This Perfect Day'

An in-depth, poetic review that could only be written by a true cinephile accompanied our premiere on Omeleto. Thank you to the team there for taking us onto the terrifying terrain of YouTube waters!

"Writer-director Lydia Rui's delicate jewel of a short drama renders a brief but pivotal moment in one young person's life, with an exquisite sensitivity to unspoken emotional undercurrents of the action and an eye for the small but significant details that add up to meaning. Like a poem, the storytelling is pared down to the most essential dialogue and images. But this gritty yet elegant economy of detail allows for a precise focus that pays off with an immense and quietly moving resonance by the film's end.

Visually, the film's direction is restrained yet decidedly confident....

..."This Perfect Day" is about a moment that changes everything: when life and self hang in the balance, and any aftereffects move slowly but deeply, like tectonic plates shifting the continents -- though sometimes these movements bubble up with volcanic impact. Brave, intimate, vulnerable, it's a film that possesses both the immediacy of present tense in its style and the deep pull of the past in its emotional depth: like writing a letter to one's future self, trying to capture a fleeting moment or encounter with a fullness that can only be achieved through remembrance."

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