Day Night Day Night
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A young woman, superbly portrayed by Luisa Williams (Chacun Son Cinéma), arrives in an American city and is picked up by a man who takes her to a hotel. She is soon visited by three men, who prepare her to be a suicide bomber. The remainder of the film deals with the woman's quest.
Describing the plot, however, is grossly insufficient. "Day Night Day Night" is an extremely slow movie, and that slowness is a huge part of the point. The camera lingers on the woman as she clips her toenails, washes her clothing in the hotel sink, or shaves her armpits. At other points, the filmmakers elevate certain sounds, especially the sounds of the woman's eating and of ambient conversations. It certainly would be possible to fast-forward through some of these spots without losing any sense of what happens, but to do so would be, I believe, to miss the point.
That point, as I understand it, is that the woman is human. Yes, she is planning a murderous act, but she is also human. Her target, we know, is an American city, but we do not know why. As she prepares for her attack, she does the thoroughly normal things that we all do. She bathes, turns on lights in her hotel room, and performs other mundane tasks.Read more ›
Throughout her film, she uniquely turns up the sound in the scenes that lead to the film's confrontation and climax. Whether bathing or eating an apple, we hear the volume turned up to a remarkable degree. At first I naively thought that this was random. Alternately, it either irritated me or unintentionally made me laugh, but I soon discovered the movie's genius. Generically named, "She" (Luisa Williams), is trained to be a terrorist. At the tender age of 19, she is presented merely as a child, someone who is a molded "jihadist" ready to die for her cause. Sent to a motel room in New Jersey, she is prepared with every detail by her adult comrades who ready her with a bomb attached in her backpack, soon to be sent to blow up civilians in Times Square in New York City.
We aren't given too much about her intentions or motivations, but it is revealed that both parents have died, and she is left like a vulnerable child. Some of the indoctrination reminded me of the Patty Hearst controversy; even though I reserve judgment for that whole debacle. "She" is certainly younger and more impressionable than Hearst possibly was, but her isolation is clearly presented. What better way to show a potential casualty of terror than with a needy orphan?Read more ›
I can't recommend this film (and filmaker) enough. I watch tons of movies, but was literally on the edge of my seat at the climax.
If you like loud, overproduced and directed films, "Day Night Day Night" is not for you.
If you like thoughtful, meditative ones that take chances, buy (don't rent!) this film.
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Like this movie. It is almost training manual for the terrorist. This is a reason why I am giving only 4 stars.Published 16 days ago by Branko Bem
I love dark films and dark subjects. I believe that taboos need to be explored in cinema more. So when I heard about this movie, I knew I had to watch it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by WH
You've decided to do something awful, to kill a lot of people for a cause. What kind of person does that? What are they like? What kind of organization supports that? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carl Jon
Though nominally a portrait of a suicide bomber, "Day Night Day Night" is actually a formal exercise that uses the drama inherent in terrorism to keep it from being something that... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by William McNeill
This is a good film and a testament to why independent movies can be better than big Hollywood productions. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Shaun
This movie starts out with a bang, not in the exlosive department, but more in the potential department. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by California Dreaming
Day Night Day Night is NOT going to be everyone's cup of tea (for a variety of reasons). It's understandably a sensitive issue despite 9/11 occurring 12 years ago, and the way the... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Bryan