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A Perfect Day

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Edgy drama follows aid workers in Balkan war zone.

Movie R 2016 106 minutes
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This low-key drama is at its best when it paints a picture of a specific place and time and a culture of expats at work; it avoids overt hysteria as well as punishing horrors-of-war messages. A PERFECT DAY isn't necessarily a great movie -- there's not much at stake, humor is sparse, and it can't help feeling a little heavy from time to time -- but thanks to its compressed time frame (just 24 hours) and the cast's strong performances, it's quite interesting.

Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa (Mondays in the Sun) gives us a snapshot of a certain kind of person, a kind of misfit who doesn't like going home -- or even having a home. The job is horrible, dangerous, and perhaps not even that rewarding, but there's still an odd kind of exotic allure to it. More than the horrors of war or the politics of war, it's this job, and these characters, that make the movie work.

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