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A Perfect Day

Bosnia after the civil war. NGO employees discover a body in the district’s last working well. They need to remove the body but rope is nowhere to be found.

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Bosnia after the Civil War. UN troupes watch over the delicate state of peace but there are still armed militias on the ground and revenge killings are the order of the day. A group of NGO members find a corpse in the last working well in the region. They need to get the corpse out before they can disinfect the water but they have no rope and no one is willing to sell them any in the nearby village: perhaps because the people there belong to another warring faction or perhaps because you can make a lot of money with fresh water in these conditions. They meet a small boy on the way who got his soccer ball stolen and promise to get him a new ball. A ball and some rope is all they need, but it isn’t going to be easy.

A PERFECT DAY manages to efforlessly create the oppressive atmosphere of a war-torn country. A cynical joke is seamlessly followed by a scene at a militia checkpoint, an abrupt drawing of a weapon, or a hanged corpse in a bombed out house. The NGO members attempt to establish a bit of order in this chaos, yet they know they are just tiny players in this complex game. It is a bit more problematic to structure the film as a buddy movie wherein the good and righteous behavior of the calm Mambrú (Benicio del Toro) and the cynical but kind-hearted B (Tim Robbins) are endangered by the actions of the naïve Sophie (Mélanie Thierry) and the hardened, career-oriented Katya (Olga Kurylenko). The film is excellently plotted, delightfully told and purposeful, but the two heroes’ girl troubles would fit right in a 1940s Spencer Tracey/Katherine Hepburn film.

Tom Dorow (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

Original title: Un dia perfecto
Spanien 2015, 106 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Fernando León de Aranoa
Author: Fernando León de Aranoa
DOP: Alex Catalán
Montage: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Music: Arnau Bataller
Distributor: X-Verleih
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan
FSK: 12
Release: 22.10.2015

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Screenings

  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles
English/with English subtitles
All languages

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