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A Perfect Day (2015)

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A group of aid workers work to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone.

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Fernando León de Aranoa, Diego Farias (collaborating writer) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benicio Del Toro ... Mambrú
Tim Robbins ... B
Olga Kurylenko ... Katya
Mélanie Thierry ... Sophie
Fedja Stukan Fedja Stukan ... Damir
Eldar Residovic Eldar Residovic ... Nikola
Sergi López ... Goyo
Nenad Vukelic Nenad Vukelic ... Nikola's Grandfather
Morten Suurballe ... UN Official at the Briefing
Ben Temple ... UN Official's Assistant
Frank Feys ... UN Official at the Well
Ivan Brkic Ivan Brkic ... Store Owner
Antonio Franic Antonio Franic ... Soldier at the Storage
Goran Navojec ... Bosnian NGO Driver
Dragica Stojkovic Dragica Stojkovic ... Cow Lady
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Storyline

A group of aid workers work to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Serbian | Spanish | French | Bosnian

Release Date:

15 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pozo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,044

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,771,726
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the public screening of the film during the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2015 (director's fortnight) at Cannes Festival, on the 16th of May 2015, the director and actors present (Benicio Del Toro, Melanie Thierry) received a five minutes standing ovation. See more »

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When the vehicles go to Dokovo to find Nikolai's house, one overhead shot shows the vehicles driving along with flags flying on the driver's side of each. Every other shot (overhead and ground level) shows the flags on the passenger side, indicating that this overhead shot has been reversed. See more »

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[first lines]
Mambrú: Fat fuck.
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HUSH MY MOUTH
Performed by Nicolas Joseph Nolan
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Under license by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Spain LLC S. en C./ Extreme Music LTD.
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Gritty but authentic examination of aid work in a war zone
18 October 2015 | by mike_uyeharaSee all my reviews

I just saw a Spanish film that probably enjoyed a limited release in the U.S., although the dialogue is mostly in English – A Perfect Day. In the film, a team of aid workers faces a problem, a corpse is contaminating a well that provides the only potable water in the region, since two other wells are surrounded by mines and cannot be used. The film follows the group as they try to obtain a rope to lift the body out of the well, and examines the difficulties of executing such a small task in a war zone, in this case, the waning days of the Bosnian conflict.

The film resonated with me on several levels. First, of course, I live in the Balkans now, so the language and setting was familiar. (Now I know "konopac" means rope and "bunar" means well!) The landscape in some of the scenes was amazing, and makes me curious to see more of Bosnia now. Second, the cast itself is multinational, reflecting the multinational character of international assistance efforts. This is familiar to me too, since I work in a multinational OSCE Mission. The civilian-military interaction was all too familiar, as were the many scenes with Stryker armored personnel carriers, a common sight during my time in Iraq.

I thought the film provided a very good feel for the frustrations of development work in a war setting. In addition, the dialogue and acting were great. The impressive cast features American Tim Robbins, Spaniard Benicio del Toro, Ukrainian Olga Kurylenko (who was a Bond girl in A Quantum of Solace), Frenchwoman Melanie Thierry, and Bosnian Fedja Stukan. At one point, one of the characters, seeing Olga Kurylenko for the first time, mutters under his breath, "And so where is she from – Models without Borders?" The sub-plot involving the young Bosnian boy, Nikola, who attaches himself to the team, is also great.

This is a powerful film that is authentic in its treatment. I recommend it.


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