Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa’s grit-bomb comedy, “A Perfect Day” subjects aid workers in the post-war Balkans of 1995 to drip-drip-drip absurdism. An NGO team for “Aid Across Borders,” led by Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins (with Olga Kurylenko and Mélanie Thierry along for the bumpy ride) alternate grue, boo-hoo and bountiful bad, loud music choices. Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H,” Richard Shepard’s “The Hunting Party” and the grandiosely mad Emir Kusturica can be glimpsed in the rearview mirror of floundering influence. 106m. (Ray Pride)
“A Perfect Day” opens Friday, January 22 at Siskel.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.