A Perfect Day

January 15th, 2016


A Perfect Day

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

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.0/10 (2,510 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa

Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko

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

Writers: Fernando León de Aranoa, Diego Farias

Benicio Del Toro - Mambrú
Tim Robbins - B
Olga Kurylenko - Katya
Mélanie Thierry - Sophie
Fedja Stukan - Damir
Eldar Residovic - Nikola
Sergi López - Goyo
Nenad Vukelic - Nikola's grandfather
Frank Feys - UN Official
Morten Suurballe - UN official at the briefing
Ben Temple -
Antonio Franic - Soldier with Flag
Ivan Brkic -
Goran Grgic -
Mate Gulin -

Country: Spain

Language: English, Serbian, Spanish, French

Release Date: 15 January 2016

Filming Locations: Alquife, Granada, Andalucía, Spain

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Did You Know?

After the public screening of the film during the Quinzainne de Realizateur 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 »

User Review


Rating: 9/10

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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