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Day Night Day Night (2007)

Luisa Williams , Josh Phillip Weinstein , Julia Loktev  |  NR |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Luisa Williams, Josh Phillip Weinstein, Gareth Saxe, Nyambi Nyambi, Frank Dattolo
  • Directors: Julia Loktev
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000UAE7KY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,953 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A gripping drama that follows a young suicide bomber on her mission to wreak havoc in Times Square. It is not known who she represents or what she believes in, but she believes in her mission absolutely.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is probably a love it or hate it film March 10, 2008
Format:DVD
"Day Night Day Night" seems the sort of movie that will polarize viewers. Some will love it while others will find it unbearable. I'm in the former group. The plot, alas, has been inaccurately described here by another viewer. Unfortunately, I cannot correct the error since doing so would reveal a major spoiler. I'll cite the relevant plot points.

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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Portrait in Hopelessness October 25, 2007
Format:DVD
In Albert Camus's famous novel, `The Stranger,' the protagonist smokes a cigarette before he is executed and brusquely passes off any attempts to distract him from his last little experience of pleasure. That scene came to my mind while watching Julia Lokler's myopic little gem, `Day Night Day Night'. So it doesn't surprise me that, while glancing at the product description afterwards, the movie is described as an award-winning "existential" movie.

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?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars i wanted to like this movie December 27, 2008
Format:DVD
as my heading says i wanted to like this movie. i read the description and i thought it sounded good, however upon watching it it seems that the director had to fill time. i mean at least 30 minutes of this film is boring. let's watch her bathe, shave, eat, cut toenails and fingernails. i'm serious. then you get to the plot which is somewhat interesting but, your left with the worst ending in cinema history. no explination, no resolution, and let's be honest did the makers just run out of film. i mean there is really no ending. maybe i'm missing the point but this film could have been great but instead pass it by. at least i saw it on the sundance channel rather than paying for it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an astonishing work of art July 28, 2008
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When Hannah Arendt coined the expression "the banality of evil," surely she must have had something like "Day Night Day Night" in mind. With chilling detachment, this brilliant and terrifying film chronicles the last 48 hours in the life of a potential suicide bomber. It is a topic rife with all sorts of potential pitfalls, both political and cinematic, yet the movie succeeds as a work of art because it never resorts to sensationalism or exploitation to get its point across.

Filmmaker Julia Loktey has deliberately eliminated any back story that might explain why a beautiful young girl like "Leah" would be willing to perform an action as inconceivable and incomprehensible as the one she has planned here. The whys and the wherefores are really of little concern to Loktey. Instead, she has chosen to concentrate on the almost strikingly banal, step-by-step process "Leah" must go through to complete the deed. Indeed, it's amazing how, through context alone, even the most mundane of actions - brushing one's teeth, taking a bath, clipping one's toenails - can suddenly become imbued with the most terrifying significance and sense of foreboding. It's almost as if "Leah" is trying to hold onto a sense of normalcy for as long as she can, savoring the minor pleasures of life that she knows she will never experience again. In fact, in the stunning final half hour of the film, as "Leah" roams around the streets of New York City trying to summon up the courage to fulfill her mission, she begins to cling more and more to the simple joys of life - a mustard-covered pretzel, a candy apple - before taking that final plunge into the abyss.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, Artsy and Safe
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 more
Published 14 months ago by William McNeill
5.0 out of 5 stars despite the ending, fantastic
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 more
Published 20 months ago by B. E Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars A Movie that Can't Make Its Point
My wife almost kicked my butt for wasting two hours of her life watching this movie. She was a great sport, but I can certainly understand how she feels. Read more
Published on October 11, 2012 by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I've Ever Seen
Came across this film on Netflix and was completely blown away with it! Wow. First, kudos to the director who didn't junk this movie up with a bad soundtrack. Read more
Published on June 19, 2011 by gunther toody
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad remake...
This is so bad I can't even go into it. Essentially, a politically correct take on terrorism through the eyes of an 8-year-old. Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by D. Cross
1.0 out of 5 stars Do The Times Square Bop
Not unlike San Diego Rico, I was ready for a thoughtful post-9/11; post-modern work of indie art. But, my dear friends, I didn't have any luck with this one on Sundance Channel. Read more
Published on September 14, 2010 by Cinesnob
1.0 out of 5 stars pretentious, boring waste of time.
This is a movie that really peaked my interest when I stumbled on the reviews. Along with the good, I also read the bad and decided to give it a try. Read more
Published on August 25, 2010 by John L. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual
This film gets under your skin. What is the psychology of a suicide bomber? How has a person come to reach this stage, this decision, to consider their own life expendable? Read more
Published on September 7, 2009 by Spinozist
3.0 out of 5 stars I want my 94 minutes back
I had high hopes for this movie, considering it was a 2007 Independent Spirit Awards nominee; it didn't win and maybe I should have known then that the movie was a close but no... Read more
Published on July 26, 2008 by Enrique Torres
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