In order to make a good war or post-war movie you have to be extremely talented and careful. Only a few people managed to do so, while others made horrible movies that will be remembered for their lack of perspective. One of the worst movies I have ever seen is Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey [2011] which further perpetuated the violence and all the horrible things that come with war. A Perfect Day is a textbook example of how a post-war movie should look like. It doesn’t take sides or supposes anything, it just chronicles the stuff that’s happening from a human perspective. When you add black humor and great acting to this you almost get a masterpiece. There are couple of problems with pacing and clichéd main love story, but the atmosphere and the sheer oddity of the situation should cover that up nicely.

A-Perfect-Day-[2015]-PosterAhhhh the Balkans, a place where everything is possible but it rarely happens. It is the year of our lord Satan 1995 and war in Bosnia is slowly dying out after a couple of years of chaos. UN and various Aid organizations are trying to help the locals to get back on track. However problems they are encountering are not only strange but sometimes just overwhelming.

When this movie started I hoped that it’s going to be one of those real-time-flow movies with the crew trying to do their job with stuff happening along the way. This would be good for me but it would take so much from this movie. There are a couple of scenes that really captured the ridiculousness and everlasting terror that war leaves behind. And not just in objects or events that happened during war time, but in people that carry that shit for their entire lives. Cleverly accented and acted these scenes are truly haunting, but all this is sparkled with a lot of black humor so you don’t have to hang yourself for the sins of the humanity… I hate to say it again but this is another one of those Sunday movies 🙂

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa

Writer: Fernando León de Aranoa, Diego Farias, Paula Farias

Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan, Sergi López

Fun Facts:A Perfect Day actually received a 10 minute standing ovation at Cannes


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