That Day (Ce jour-là) (2003)
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Critic Reviews for That Day (Ce jour-là)
This is rarified cinema for lovers of the cerebral and surreal.
It's either too unhinged or not unhinged enough, I haven't decided yet.
The kooks in Raul Ruiz's That Day tenderly cultivate their insanity as if tending to exotic flowers.
If you like your farces funny, you'll be disappointed by this glacially paced and humorless comedy.
Audience Reviews for That Day (Ce jour-là)
A darkly comic symphony of poetic justice. Elsa Zylberstein is a living, breathing work of art in this bizarre treasure from director Raoul Ruiz.
[font=Century Gothic]"That Day" takes place in Switzerland in the near future. Livia(Elsa Zylberstein) has been told by a flock of prognosticators to expect wonderful things on the following day. But fate has other things in store for her. A homicidal maniac, Emil Pointpoirot(Bernard Giraudeau), has been unofficially released from an asylum and has been directed to where Livia, all alone for the day, lives.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Raoul Ruiz, "That Day" is a gleefully deranged black comedy about of all things the treatment and exploitation of the mentally ill. A person's sanity is not a true indication of how dangerous they may be. And it is true that Pointpoirot is a menace to everyone around him but somebody did let him loose on society...[/font]
A wonderfully strange film filled with incredibly interesting characters. The most brilliant darkly comic film I've ever seen. The humour is so clever and subtle in some ways and so wild and crazy in others, always off-kilter. Some very beautiful and interesting shots. The most fascinating scenes had to be between the seemingly crazy leads. Their beliefs and way of expressing themselves was very absorbing. The cops were incredibly amusing to watch as well, I give them props for successfully pulling off understated yet comedic performances.
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