For the rest of the Lone Scherfig-directed film, we visit Emma and Dex, not always physically together, on that same day each year for the next two decades.
Emma dreams of being a writer but is stuck waitressing. Dex becomes a host of an MTV-like programme and falls out of favour with his dad.
Through all their personal trials, tribulations and relocations, their friendship remains intact, thanks to letters, phone calls and occasional visits.
It's obvious they harbour feelings for each other. That's meant to be the glue that keeps them together. So why don't they just hook up? The reasons preventing them - distance, other partners (whom they never love) - don't seem like legit barriers.
The framing device - same day each year - offers a unique way to structure the story. However, it's not explored to its fullest potential; not even close.
If One Day had been shot conventionally, not much meaning would have been lost.
One Day does one thing extremely well: it makes you ponder your own life. Now, if only we had a time machine to look into our future. We'd probably start Day 1 a lot differently.
YP Rating: 3/5