Day Night Day Night

2006, Drama, 1h 34m

46 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Day Night Day Night is a minimalist drama that refuses to indulge in stereotypes, making it all the more realistic and chilling. Read critic reviews

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An anonymous young woman arrives in Manhattan on a bus. She receives numerous calls on her cell phone and proceeds to a hotel room. Assisted by various handlers, she prepares for her mission: to detonate a bomb in Times Square. She walks the city streets, but the time of her attack -- and thus that of her own death -- remains unknown.

Cast & Crew

Annemarie Lawless
Bombmaker's Assistant
Benoît Debie
Cinematographer
Michael Taylor
Film Editor
Julia Loktev
Film Editor
Kelly McGehee
Production Design
Rabiah Troncelliti
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Raphael Laski
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Critic Reviews for Day Night Day Night

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  • Viewers will find themselves asking "Why? Why? Why?" in a structural echo, perhaps, of the repetition in the film's title.

    June 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Loktev creates a minimalist study of unfathomable faith.

    August 10, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately this portrait of a young woman on the eve of her first terrorist foray -- a bombing of Times Square -- replaces the knee-jerk patriotic bluster of Hollywood films with its own postmodern cliches.

    August 10, 2007 | Full Review…
  • All in all, it's a creepy subject for a movie -- especially when there is no payoff at the end.

    May 23, 2007
  • Efforts to universalize this story by avoiding specifics ends up making Day Night Day Night broad and blank, reducing the lead character to one more generic nutcase for us to fear and pity. And isn't the anonymity of bombers precisely the problem?

    May 12, 2007 | Rating: C
  • Day Night Day Night brings plenty of shakycam immediacy and a cute face to what seems to be zero point of view.

    May 10, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • Viewers will find themselves asking "Why? Why? Why?" in a structural echo, perhaps, of the repetition in the film's title.

    June 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Loktev creates a minimalist study of unfathomable faith.

    August 10, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately this portrait of a young woman on the eve of her first terrorist foray -- a bombing of Times Square -- replaces the knee-jerk patriotic bluster of Hollywood films with its own postmodern cliches.

    August 10, 2007 | Full Review…
  • All in all, it's a creepy subject for a movie -- especially when there is no payoff at the end.

    May 23, 2007
  • [A] beautifully executed but often thematically inert film that suggests a film-school project stretched to its conceptual limit.

    January 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • In the end, we're left just as much in the dark as we were in the beginning of the film as to what motivates such a young woman to give up her life.

    October 1, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Day Night Day Night

  • Apr 30, 2010
    very dry and realistic, down to every last detail, but ultimately goes nowhere
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]"Day Night Day Night" proves the old adage that if you have seen one suicide bomber walk through Times Square, then you have pretty much seen them all by so overloading on detail, that what is meant to be frightening instead just leads to a feeling of impatience from the viewer. Actually writer/director Julia Loktev is less concerned with terrorism then with how women are treated by men, in this case, a young woman(Luisa Williams) being coerced by men to do the unthinkable. However, this same woman has the gumption to get on a bus to travel cross country which would take a good deal of free will on its own. The one thing the movie gets perfectly right is the sensory overload to a new visitor to Times Square, giving some idea that the woman is from a less populated area and by her dress, very conservative. But her lack of hopelessness, desperation or anger do not give any indication that she would resort to such senseless violence. Her hyper-politeness clashes with the profile of a suicide bomber(The fellow members of her cell also act very considerately towards her...) in that she seems so afraid of hurting someone's feelings that she would never be rude on purpose, much less wish to blow them to kingdom come. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2008
    Intriguing story plot. An interesting performance by Luisa Williams. Worth seeing!
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2007
    Sporadically effective but ultimately unsatisfying portrait of a suicide bomber.
    William G Super Reviewer

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