"You are an angel""Why?""Because you've fallen". Ironically, it was the Cherubim order with its blue wings of divine wisdom and named derived from Karibu, the guarding monster of Babylonian palaces & temples, that produced the arch-fallen angel Satan and was later sentimentalized as swarms of chubby putti. Ruiz's world is as densely crowded as the spiritual realm above (in Islam each raindrop has an attendant spirit)
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.
Misty in form and content thriller set in a secluded milieu, this critique of a sterilized Swiss society is, generally speaking, below expectations by the standards of Ruiz's oeuvre. Finely acted as always (Zylberstein is captivating) it loses itself in the meandering narrative structure it chose to adopt and regresses thus into a spineless cinematic experience. Overall good but also rather uninspiring.
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!