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That Day (2003)

Ce jour-là (original title)
A father (Michel Piccoli) is scheming to have his slightly mental daughter from an earlier marriage (Elsa Zylberstein) killed by allowing a murderous psychopath (Bernard Giraudeau) to be ... See full summary »

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Raoul Ruiz

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Raoul Ruiz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Giraudeau ... Pointpoirot
Elsa Zylberstein ... Livia
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Raufer
Jean-François Balmer ... Treffle
Christian Vadim ... Ritter
Laurent Malet ... Roland
Rufus ... Hubus
Féodor Atkine ... Warff
Jacques Denis Jacques Denis ... Patron café
Edith Scob ... Leone
Hélène Surgère ... Bernadette
Laurence Février Laurence Février ... Edmonde
Jean-Michel Portal Jean-Michel Portal ... Vogel
Jean-Baptiste Puech ... Luc
Matthias Urban Matthias Urban ... Dorival
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A father (Michel Piccoli) is scheming to have his slightly mental daughter from an earlier marriage (Elsa Zylberstein) killed by allowing a murderous psychopath (Bernard Giraudeau) to be released from the asylum and led to his house. However, the psychopath and the daughter fall for each other. Written by nitorch

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France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 June 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquele Dia See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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$351,410
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Murder with a wink
11 April 2007 | by groggoSee all my reviews

With Ce jour-la (That Day), writer-director Raoul Ruiz has spun a masterful absurdist comedy.

A clearly mad (but sweetly angelic) Livia (the perfectly cast Elsa Zylberstein) consults her 'runes' and determines that her 'heaven' -- the titular 'Day' -- is on its way. Sweet atonement, whatever that means. She meets Pointpoirot (Bernard Giraudeau), a murderous (but amiable) psychopath, when she tries to murder him with a hammer, a symbolic weapon that lingers in the film.

As mayhem surrounds them and the bodies pile up (they're regularly rearranged neatly), the Swiss policemen sip coffee, chat, and do nothing. Everything, they say, will work itself out. This lassitude by officialdom is, by itself, hilarious, refreshing and revealing.

This is not just a brilliant flight into what used to be called 'gallows humour'. Ruiz' tale could be an allegory on that 'banality of evil' we've heard so much about; it could be a metaphor for our indifference to killing everywhere; it could be an escape from the murderous madness plaguing the world. Read what you will into it; this is a work of art disguised as comedy. It's a deliciously way-off-centre film that can upset us too much if we really think about it.

I loved seeing the always-magnetic French film veteran Michel Piccoli as the patriarch. He's still explosive after all these years. I stopped watching Hollywood movies about a year ago, and Ce jour-la confirms why. Since La-la Land loves to swipe European movie ideas, we might see a remake, a light comedy perhaps, something with, say, Cameron Diaz and Jack Black set around, oh, a state fair?


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