A Lucky Day


(out of 5)

Original title:  Un Dia De Suerte

The granddaughter of an Italian immigrant in Buenos Aires wanders the city with her slothful friends, then works the odd job as a promotional advertiser on the busy city streets. Her eventual goal is to raise enough money to visit Rome and see the man with whom she once had a glorious one night stand. Her friends disapprove, thinking she is setting herself up for disappointment, particularly in the face of a relationship prospect with a drug dealer that she has right in front of her. This film’s story lolls around with nothing to do, forcing us to watch these abrasive and boring characters kill time by doing drugs and laughing at stupid pranks. Then our heroine finally makes it to Italy and the movie ends without ever reaching any kind of conclusion. Director Sandra Gugliota was probably going for a feeling of ominousness, but it’s more likely that she plain ran out of ideas (or maybe just film stock). The film’s being shot during blackout riots in Buenos Aires adds absolutely nothing to the story whatsoever, nor does the bumpy, faux-naturalistic camera style that only emphasizes its shallow content.


Argentina/Italy/Spain, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by Sandra Gugliotta,

Cinematography by , ,

Produced by Sandra Gugliotta,

Music by ,

Production Design by , Marcelo Schapces

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2002.

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