Can one day in a broken city fix everything?

Independent New Zealand romance set in Christchurch, one year after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Charlie (Dustin Clare) and Eve (Camille Keenan), a couple expecting a child but no longer together, discover whether or not they can rebuild their relationship and have a future as a family.... More

The film boasts a multiplatform release, hitting cinemas, television, VOD, DVD and more at the same time on the 7th of December. The release is reported to be a response to piracy. 10% of the film's profits will go towards the reconstruction of Christchurch City.Hide

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New Zealand’s hardly given the romance genre a serious crack, so when this modest, self-funded film caught my eyes, I was instantly on its side. The film follows one day in the lives of Charlie and Eve, a former couple now separated but with a child on the way. Set in Christchurch one year after the devastating earthquake, Sunday is ultimately about the possibility for reconstruction versus the desire to evacuate for good.... More

Wisely, first-time feature director Michelle Joy Lloyd doesn’t rub the Christchurch metaphor in our faces, allowing the dilapidated backgrounds speak for themselves. It’s a clever parallel, but the execution in the story derails the otherwise superb concept.

It’s difficult to root for Charlie and Eve for one simple reason: we hardly ever see them ‘click’. Without this footing, their goal of rebuilding their collapsed love isn’t recognisable. It’s one thing to be told they were intimate partners, but to convince us of this intimacy requires evidence – which is largely missing from the film.

This is not to deny the few moments the film sparks with quality. Leads, co-writers, and real-life couple Dustin Clare and Camille Keenan are the centre of Sunday’s best scenes, with one scene on a floating gondola (ahem, “punt”) showing the film’s potential for displaying slow-burn internal anguish. Unfortunately, that very same scene is cut off at the knees by a misjudged moment of rom-com goofiness.

Giving a local film a low rating is never easy. Sunday is elegantly shot and complemented with a tender soundtrack, the editing flares in select moments, and Clare and Keenan play their roles with unquestionable conviction. But no matter how solid the foundation is, neglect in the narrative can stop us from being let it. That’s essentially what Sunday is: a strong building without a door.

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BY sarahb nobody

This is a film about love, loss and making life changing choices when you want to have it all.

We meet our protagonists (Camille Keenan and Dustin Clare) in the heart of a dilapidated Christchurch, we immediately realise that both the protagonists and the city have "seen better days". This is defiantly not a disaster movie though, we are taken on a tour of post quake Canterbury that is as beautiful as it is bereft. The clever use of such a cinematic metaphor is both visually compelling and... More emotionally charged. I felt for the city and for its inhabitants, two of which we follow over the course of 48 hours as they move fluidly from awkward catch ups to intimate recollections of the past.

There is hope and there is foreboding - should they start from scratch or try to rebuild? whatever decision they make is bound to be riddled with problems... but that's life, right? Love is not a happily ever after fairytale and for once this film seems to be exploring the ramifications of the "ever after" rather than leaving us with the protagonists when they have just discovered they love each other.

The way you view this film will have more to do with your own personal life experience in relation to your career and relationship history. It is a thoughtful, and thought provoking, look at the relationship challenges we all face today when we have so many choices and so little will to sacrifice. I felt the feminine perspective of director Michelle Joy Lloyd in the subtlety of the visual story telling and nuanced performances. Nothing is spelt out for the viewer, nothing is blindingly obvious from the beginning and that was refreshing.

This is honest, raw film making at its finest and if you loved films like Before Sunset, Once or The Red House then this is must see viewing.Hide

BY Ponyboy lister

I can't recall ever having seen a NZ love story portrayed in such a convincing way. I totally believed in these characters and their world and I wasn't cringing at lame plot points or over the top acting. The pace was a bit slow to begin with but once it picked up I was hooked.

BY Sawyer lister

You could say I'm not partial to romantic dramas and you'd be making the understatement of your life but this had me engaged from start to finish. It was a bit 'arty' in places but it won me over and I wasn't expecting it. Nice.

BY Sulian superstar

I watched this in an empty theatre and cried my eyes out! It reminded me of a stitaution I was in with an ex where I wish we had made a differnt choice. It made me think I could go back to see Christchurch because I had thought it would look depressing but it was beautiful and the buildings even though damaged have a special presence of their own. I think this would be a good movie for couples to watch or if you are single after a break up.

BY april40 nobody

A very wonderful film. Been waiting a long time to see this and was not disappointed . Def was worth the wait. Great story and well done by some very charming individuals.

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