A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

Black comedy, set during the Bosnian conflict, starring Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins as two aid workers trying to get on with their work in the face of war-time bureaucracy, corruption and cultural misunderstandings. This is the English-language debut from Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa.

"It's somewhere in the Balkans toward the end of the mid-90s conflict, and two veteran aid workers played by Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins, have been instructed to remove an oversized corpse from a well in a remote mountain village. They must work quickly before the water supply becomes contaminated, however obtaining the required rope is virtually impossible.

"Joined by an interpreter, a French aid worker and a glamorous "conflict evaluator", their collective determination is matched by overwhelming obstacles: distrusting locals, inefficient UN officials and the constant presence of land mines." (Melbourne International Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Violence and offensive language106 minsSpainEnglish, Serbian, Spanish, French with English subtitles
DramaWarWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Despite the appreciably restrained, low-key approach, the character-driven humor never finds a proper groove in what amounts to a so-so retread of earlier mid-conflict comedies like “MASH”.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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There's not much of a story, which wouldn't be bad if there was something other than blasts of music filling the longueurs.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Inconsistency is A Perfect Day's biggest problem. The script is scalpel sharp in some places, flabby as the well-blocker in others.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A story that for all its motley-band-of-brothers clichés feels as authentic as many more pious takes on the Bosnian conflict.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

While it's uneven... builds to a nice melancholy conclusion.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Makes a powerful statement on war by disregarding the violence and focusing solely on the strength of regular people in extreme circumstances.

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Variety

Variety

press

Despite the appreciably restrained, low-key approach, the character-driven humor never finds a proper groove in what amounts to a so-so retread of earlier mid-conflict comedies like “MASH”.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's not much of a story, which wouldn't be bad if there was something other than blasts of music filling the longueurs.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Inconsistency is A Perfect Day's biggest problem. The script is scalpel sharp in some places, flabby as the well-blocker in others.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A story that for all its motley-band-of-brothers clichés feels as authentic as many more pious takes on the Bosnian conflict.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

While it's uneven... builds to a nice melancholy conclusion.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Makes a powerful statement on war by disregarding the violence and focusing solely on the strength of regular people in extreme circumstances.

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