A Perfect Day (2008)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

Original title:  Un Giorno Perfetto

Italy, 2008.  Fandango, Rai Cinema.  Screenplay by Ferzan Ozpetek, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A struggling single mother () has a lot to contend with: in one day she loses her job, faces her abusive ex-husband and then looks for her children after he picks them up from school without telling her. Meanwhile, her little boy’s best friend at school is a girl whose politician father is seeking re-election and whose young mother is having the hots for her stepson. The connection between these stories is never fully justified, and despite good performances (especially Ferrari, who plays damaged really well) nothing in the story ever makes itself memorable or compelling to the viewer. Director Ferzan Ozpetek tries once again to ape Almodovar’s style of small arcs and poignant moments of artistic flair but comes up with nothing notable. By the time you get to the scene where the stepson has painted a mural of his beloved, you might be inclined to laugh out loud.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2008

Venice Film FestivalIn Competition

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