A Perfect Day – BFI LFF Review

In an unspecific village somewhere in the Balkans in the infant stages of the end of the war, seasoned gung-ho aid worker B, Tim Robbins, attempts to raise a dead fat man spoiling the village’s well. In this time and place, there is no such thing as an easy fix as B and fellow nonchalant veteran aid worker Mambru´, Benicio Del Toro, must contend against UN bureaucracy, gun wielding children, uncooperative locals and dead cows on the road.

For all the bumps in the road, the most frustrated person that will go on this journey will be the audience. Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa and co-writer Diego Farias will win over most people with witty patter but is merely polyfilla that coat over the potholes of problems of the film. Tonally it is all over the place and is never willing to really test the audience emotionally, nor its two main characters. The soundtrack consistently misfires the tone into trying to create something that is high-octane but ends up making everything feel cheap and ready for TV. As a simple dry humoured piece of satire, it could have been a film to pay proper homage to M*A*S*H but bar a nice sitcom performance from Tim Robbins, it ends up being sloppy without really delivering anything meaningful or with impact.


Chris Aitken

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