A perfect day

Can you really say you had a good time watching a film about war? If that film is A perfect day, you will. Set in the Balkans during the Yugoslav wars (1991 – 2001), A perfect day follows a group of humanitarian aid workers as they are trying to retrieve the decomposing body of an obese man from a well. Maybe the body was put there to contaminate the well and prevent the locals to have access to fresh water, or to make money by selling water to the locals. Their first attempt fails when the rope they were using breaks. Mambrú (Benicio del Toro ) is the leader of the team. There is B (exquisite Tim Robbins), who is as cynical about the state of the world than Mambrú, he’s just more vocal. And funnier. With them is French aid Sophie (Melanie Thierry), a young idealistic woman, and their interpreter, Damir (Fedja Stukan). So they try to buy a rope, but the local merchants refuse to sell it to them. Things gets more complicated when military bureaucrats forbids the sanitizing of wells. Joining the four aid workers is a local boy named Nikola (Eldar Residovic), and Katya (Olga Kurylenko), who was once Mambrú’s lover. The problems they encounter are unusual and dangerous. They know, for instance, that if a dead cow is spread in the middle of the road, it’s a trap. There is probably a mine on either side and they have to decide if they go right or left. This is not a perfect film, but it offers a interesting vision of war: War is stupid and absurd, might as well laugh about it a little.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

A perfect day

Directed by:

Fernando León de Aranoa

Screenplay by:

Fernando León de Aranoa

Diego Farias

Based on the novel Dejarse Llover by Paula Farias


Benicio del Toro

Tim Robbins

Olga Kurylenko

Melanie Thierry

Fedja Stukan

Eldar Residovic

106 min.

In English, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and French with English subtitles.

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