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422 Ratings

That Day

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Directed by Raúl Ruiz
France, Switzerland, 2003
Comedy, Crime, Thriller


When Harald, the patriarch of a high society family, can no longer pay the bills, he conspires to bump off his harmlessly mad daughter Livia, the heir to his wife’s vast fortune. To accomplish the deed, he arranges for the escape of Emil, a psychotic killer who has been confined in a nearby asylum.

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That Day Directed by Raúl Ruiz

Critics reviews

The sweetness of Zylberstein’s performance and the ambience in general are oddly old-fashioned — reminiscent of Harvey and Arsenic and Old Lace – while the gracefully meandering camera echoes the domestic thrillers of Claude Chabrol. Alas, this is second-best Ruiz and wears out its welcome before the end. Still, it has its share of wit and invention.
November 08, 2007
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Part of the fun in Ruiz’s cinema is that he is a filmmaker who simultaneously feels a huge desire to exert control – to guarantee the auteur’s signature, one could say – but at the same time he experiences an anarchic pleasure in letting the film escape from his hands. The joy of That Day comes from those moments of escape.
January 01, 2003
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