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A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre) (2007)

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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 French countryside, and bring her to Paris so they can re-connect. Irene agrees, but she soon discovers Orlando has nothing good to say about her missing dad and only grudgingly agrees to pay him a visit. When they arrive in Paris, Irene and Orlando find the family reunion is bigger than they thought -- David (Tom Riley), Elliot's stepson, is also on hand, though David and Orlando mix like oil and water. As Elliot tries to juggle meetings with his two children and Irene tries to help by playing interference, Elliot is also visited by a deranged American intelligence representative, William Pound (John Turturro), who along with Elliot knows something about a possible attack on the United States, as well as a pair of shadowy moneymen (Mathieu Demy and Said Amadis) who want to know more about the plot and are willing to pay for the privilege. Quelques Jours En Septembre (aka A Few Days In September) was the first directorial credit for veteran screenwriter Santiago Amigorena. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Koch Lorber Films

Cast

John Turturro
as William Pound
Sara Forestier
as Orlando
Tom Riley
as David
Nick Nolte
as Elliot
Mathieu Demy
as Young Banker
Said Amadis
as Older Banker
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Critic Reviews for A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

Savvy thriller for conspiracy buffs with star performances by Binoche and Turturro.

September 13, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A spy thriller with a difference or two

Full Review… | February 14, 2008
Urban Cinefile

It creates no suspense and little conviction.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
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
London Evening Standard

Audience Reviews for A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre)

After receiving word from her former colleague Elliott, Irene Montano(Juliette Binoche) collects his daughter Orlando(Sara Forestier) to meet him in Paris. But Elliott never shows. Which is a good thing considering that William Pound(John Turturro) is gunning for him. Who does show up is Elliott's stepson David(Tom Riley, of 'Da Vinci's Demons') who along with Irene and Orlando head to Venice, after losing William. All of which leaves the fate of Irene's pet turtle undetermined. "A Few Days in September" is an offbeat movie about family, intrigue, guns, travel and poetry and maybe not in that order. Considering when the story is set, the movie's leisurely pace could be thought of as symptomatic of a pre 9/11 way of thinking where all the clues are there but not the impetus to act on them. What is not up for debate is this being a movie that is helped out with both Juliette Binoche and John Turturro being in it, especially with Turturro speaking French.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A delicious sashay of a movie that can't quite make up its mind what it is: film noir, romantic comedy, espionage thriller, teen tease or spoof of them all. Yet somehow it holds together. Brittle, quirky dialog. Turturro is hilarious as a CIA assassin undergoing on-the-job cellphone therapy. Benoit is incomparable, of course. Nolte is Nolte but his gravitas gives the film work boots.

Tom Parrett
Tom Parrett

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