Mike Kelley is one of the greatest artists of his generation. If you've ever seen an exhibition of his oddly sinister psychological portraits of plush toys or obsessive post-pop combination paintings you'll know what you're in for here: An absolute maelstrom of implicit and explicit images dredged from the highs and lows of American consumer culture.
Day is Done is not an easy film to describe. All of the action takes place within the confines of a modern Californian high school. The student body made up of cheerleaders, jocks, vampires, witches, skinheads and ballerinas whose only common ground is that they all worship Satan.
They also sing arias, perform pantomimes that are described by inter-titles as 'reconstructions', give stand up routines and argue about race theory.
At three hours Day is Done is not an easy watch, but it is certainly not forgettable and for fans of Kelley, it stands as one of the artist's most unified and powerful works.
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