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A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre) (2006)

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 2

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A spy discovers doing a favor for a friend leads her into unexpectedly dangerous circumstances in this dark comedy. It's been close a decade since French intelligence agent Irene (Juliette Binoche) has heard from her friend Elliot (Nick Nolte), an American CIA operative who left Europe and took up a new identity under mysterious circumstances. But one day out of the blue Irene gets a call from Elliot as he asks her to track down his daughter Orlando (Sara Forestier), currently living in the

Unrated,

Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Santiago Amigorena

Sep 11, 2007

Koch Lorber Films

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An intriguing set-up spoiled by a clever-clever script, Christophe Beaucarne's migraine-inducing cinematography and performances which are decent, but never gel.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Intrigues by virtue of its cast and premise but -- at least for native English-speakers -- is marbled with conceptual clunkiness verging, in places, on laughable.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Savvy thriller for conspiracy buffs with star performances by Binoche and Turturro.

September 13, 2006
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A spy thriller with a difference or two

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It creates no suspense and little conviction.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Slick, fitfully effervescent, pre-9/11 thriller aims to inject some cross-cultural poetry into the world of political espionage.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

No film starring Juliette Binoche can be totally negligible, but this comes close.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Here is a film as rum and tangential as the theories themselves, a pleasingly off-kilter noir that casts Juliette Binoche as a cigarillo-smoking spymistress who lights out for Venice in the first days of September 2001.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Feeling more like a few months in the cinema, this ploddy, pretentious Euro-pudding is made just about bearable thanks to its cast.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Sacrificing entertainment at the altar of arty lyricism, Amigorena's snail-paced drama is dull, misjudged and a criminal waste of a cracking premise.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Buckling under the weight of its own hubris, the potentially scandalous premise ends up feeling like a Dan Brown knock-off.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A Few Days in September is that rarest and most peculiar of creatures: a French arthouse action thriller.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Amigorena has an eye for off-kilter camerawork and attractively shoots Paris and Venice as Binoche and the two twenty-somethings flee Turturro, but its existentialist musings and breezy road movie charm are no replacement for espionage movie brains.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

An inventive idea is let down by a weak script.

September 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A lot of dumb things have been said about 9/11. This might be the dumbest yet.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A slow-burning thriller with an intriguing mystery at its centre, this film's tone is reminiscent of The Third Man, although updated to make some extremely provocative suggestions.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Generally interesting but only sporadically compelling...

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Walks the fine line between thriller and thriller satire, sometimes taking small detours left and right of the line before rejoining the ranks. It is a tough balancing act but Amigorena mostly pulls it off.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: european-films.net
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Audience Reviews for A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre)

Pursued by a poetry-quoting assassin, long-lost siblings travel across Europe with a French ex-spy to rendezvous with their father.
The title A Few Days in September refers to the few days preceding 9/11. It's not giving too much away to say that the film assumes that the U.S. government knew about 9/11 before the attacks, but one of the film's weaknesses is that it doesn't do much with this charge. Does the government cause the attacks or merely allow them to happen? The film's idea doesn't figure heavily in the plot, and thus it becomes a political film with uncertain politics (excepting one scene in which Orlando recites the usual catalog of American offenses to the tepid objection of her brother).
What remains when the politics are stripped away, which isn't hard to do, is a basic spy thriller. But don't tell Juliette Binoche this. Her acting is milquetoast and insouciant, and the younger actors pick up on Binoche's vibe. It is as though the stakes of spy thrillers is intentionally absent, but I can't figure why.
I also found the John Turturro (in an impressively bilingual role) plot poorly concluded. I had hoped there would be greater motivation for his character.
Overall, I can imagine conspiracy theorists liking this film but nobody else.
August 20, 2012
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

It is hard to describe the film because it tackles many important issues such as politics, society, and the world in general.
The film has many great qualities to it but the only flaw, i would say that it is the idea of using the 9/11 attack as part of the story. It isnt because the tragedy is too delicate to discuss but because any other tragic event (less important) could have made the point. In using the 9/11 attack is just to attract people in seeing this picture when it is not necessary because the script itself is already brilliant.
The 3 protagonists have such great chemistry together in the film that it holds the story perfectly. Plus, they have the most interesting conversations. And John Turturro is so good that it worth seeing the film, just because of him.
Overall, it is a film to see because of its great dialogues and amazing cast.
March 9, 2008
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Linda K. T.

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