The Shine of Day

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Subjects of an Anthology retrospective in 2011, filmmakers Rainer Frimmel & Tizza Covi are back with their fifth and most recent feature film, THE SHINE OF DAY. Like its predecessor - LA PIVELLINA, which represented their first foray into fiction filmmaking - the new film draws from their roots in non-fiction cinema. Its protagonist, Philipp Hochmair, is in fact a renowned Austrian theatrical actor - here he plays a version of himself, as he prepares for and performs in a variety of plays, and one day finds himself receiving an unexpected visit from his aging uncle Walter, whom he's never met. A dual-portrait of two men whose very different sensibilities and approaches to life emerge more through dialogue and debate than through over-determined drama, and whose basic respect and affection for each other is sometimes frayed but never severed, THE SHINE OF DAY is a beautiful and sensitive film. (c) Anthology Archives


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  • The movie gratifyingly observes the openness that seems the base line for Philipp and Walter, and the glimmer of realization in a stage actor about the void that may lurk among his many liberating roles.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Covi and her Viennese partner keep things breezy, letting real-life theater actor Hochmair go about his backstage business and watching Saabel chat up various locals in dive bars.

    Jul 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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  • Overflows with communion between friends and family members, of both sexes and all ages, ranging from comfortable to joyful.

    Jul 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Invites us to watch the birth of a warm familial bond between a grown man and his uncle, with all the pleasures, strains and negotiations that come with it.

    Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • German-language drama features little action but much bittersweet reflection.

    Jul 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • As in Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's 2009 film, La Pivellina, modesty is the key to The Shine of Day, and sometimes to the detriment of audience involvement and focus.

    Mar 16, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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