Rated: R for language including some sexual references. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: January 15, 2016 Released by: IFC Films
This saturnine tale shaded with wit has a anti-war vibe to it without the assured equilibrium of a M*A*S*H or Catch-22.
A Perfect Day is set at the end of the Balkan Wars and boasts some fine production values from a Spanish-set shoot helmed with some workmanlike precision by Fernando Leon de Aranoa to emphasize the waning comity from such a brutal domestic clash. The assignment to recover a large dead body from a village well for water depuration becomes more tangled and incongruous. It really seems to take awhile before the story gets going and it's difficult to find an exigent end to it all.
At least there are some amusing moments from Benicio del Toro (rightfully acclaimed for his work in the potent border-war-against-drugs drama Sicario) as Mambru the resolute pacesetter of the aid faction and Tim Robbins' maverick, creepy veteran "B" though Olga Kurylenko's Katya and Melanie Thierry's water and sanitation professional Sophie are more short-changed and far less interesting. Ultimately, the deliberations with a palatable vignette regarding getting a helpful lad (Eldar Residovic) emerge with some consolation for courageous servers amidst the fallout of armed conflict. But, without dramatic sapience or character depth to match some notable visual virtuosity you might admire what the actors and crew invested in what is subjacent and ragged for a not so perfect Day.
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