On a Clear Day

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Released 2005

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Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
On a Clear Day is an indie-drama written by Alex Rose and directed Gaby Dellal. It was released in 2005. Frank (Peter Mullan) is unemployed. He got laid off from the shipbuilders union after more than 30 years on the job. The 55- year-old is at loose ends for the first time in his life and is quickly slipping into a deep depression, but his pride will not allow him to seek help. When hanging out with his best friends Danny (Billy Boyd), Norman (Ron Cook) and Eddie (Sean McGinley), it is suggested that he find a way to challenge himself. They convince him to get a serious hobby to take his mind off of his situation. In an effort to build his self confidence and reconnect with his long-time spouse Joan (Brenda Blethyn) and estranged son Rob (Jamie Sives), Frank decides that he will train to swim across the English Channel. He trains in secret, keeping his goal from his family until the moment of truth- the clear day when he swims the Channel.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times

    Despite a familiar crop of lovable eccentrics and a predictably inspirational thrust, the movie resists formula just enough to achieve a surprising degree of emotional traction.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Sweet-natured, if somewhat familiar, On a Clear Day features fine performances by Mullan, Blethyn and Sives. Dellal and cinematographer David Johnson paint an inviting picture of G...

  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    By turns whimsically humorous and intelligently sentimental, but also infused with a pungent air of working-class realism.

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    Drama, Sports

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    Independent, Water Sports