A wonderfully quirky movie about a psychopathic killer and – not to use the word ‘insane’ – a poetically unstable heiress. “That Day” feels like some European detective TV series twisted ad absurdum. There’s a killer that kills everybody (but feels a bit bad about it), the heiress who is at first shocked, then playful, eventually in love, police whose theory of how to catch the loony is original, to say the least.
CE JOUR-LÀ contains, without giving too much away, some head injuries. The film itself seems to have been conceived and plotted-out in a kind of post-head-injury stupor. It would not then seem too surprising to say, as I am pressed to say, that watching the thing itself involves an experience akin to something normally preceded by a hell of a wallop. And there is holy idiocy here that would make Dostoevsky blush.
Beautiful setting. Fantastic cast and acting. This film is a mad, psychotic black comedy. I enjoyed the humour (personally I think it's actually the first French film that I genuinely appreciated as a comedy :) I found the political references confusing, I guess because I never lived in France or Switzerland. Excellent!