ZÜRICH FILM FESTIVAL 2015: A PERFECT DAY Film review
Madrid-born director Fernando León de Aranoa’s A Perfect Day stars Tim Robbins (1994’s The Shawshank Redemption, HBO’s 2015 series The Brink), Benicio Del Toro (the Puerto Rican actor portrayed guerrilla Ernesto Guevara in 2008’s Che) and Olga Kurylenko (the Ukrainian-born beauty played the Bond girl in the 2008 007 thriller Quantum of Solace) as beleaguered NGO workers are entangled behind the lines of a combat zone during the final days of former Yugoslavia’s warfare. Not only does the film show that war is hell, but it is also a bureaucratic nightmare, as U.N. peacekeepers, plus combatants, try to stop the international do-gooders from assisting embattled civilians.
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Robbins’ world weary, affable character, called B, is a jaunty, somewhat spacey NGO veteran who strives to maintain a sense of humor amidst encounters with landmines, hanged civilians of the “wrong” ethnicity and more. It’s cool to see one of America’s top peace activists co-star in an antiwar film. Check out the October issue of The Progressive Magazine to read my interview with Robbins.
L.A.-based reviewer Ed Rampell co-authored “The Hawaii Movie and Television Book” (see:http://hawaiimtvbook.weebly.com/). His interview with America’s former Poet Laureate is in the new book “Conversations With W.S. Merwin.”