With Valentine’s Day coming up, viewers may be in need of a love story. Stronger than the phenomenon series “Griselda”, which traces the true story of a drug baroness at the head of a cartel, and than “Raël”, a documentary series on the French guru and his sect, this mini- series is already creating an event on Netflix. As we write these lines, it is even arriving at the top of the ranking in France, as well as in 38 other countries, according to data from the Flixpatrol site. Available since Thursday, February 8 on Netflix, it dethrones the big productions of the streaming platform and very quickly settles in second place in the world ranking.
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Second adaptation of a bestseller
We of course want to talk about “One Day”, a 14-episode British mini-series created by Nicole Taylor. Adapted from the worldwide bestseller by David Nicholls, released in 2009, this romantic comedy-drama stars Ambika Mod (“This is going to hurt”) and Leo Woodall (seen in “The White Lotus”) in the roles of the couple trained by Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew.
On July 15, 1988, while at their graduation, they spoke for the first time. After a magical night spent together discovering each other, they decide to remain friends, and a year passes. Thus, in each episode, year after year, we find the two characters on the same date, from 1988 to 2007. Yet an ordinary date, this July 15 allows us to see the developments of each of the characters, sometimes together or separated, and of which lives continue to intersect and influence each other. But will they be able to find happiness together?
The “mini-series” developed by Netflix is the second adaptation of the successful novel, thirteen years after the feature film by Danish director Lone Scherfig, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The screenplay was then adapted by the author himself, David Nicholls. The film, which went rather unnoticed, did not seem to do justice to the depth of this story, which takes place over a period of 20 years. Compared to another successful series, “Normal People”, the “One Day” series could well restore the nobility of the novel.