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A Few Days in September (2007)

Juliette Binoche , John Turturro , Santiago Amigorena  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, John Turturro, Nick Nolte, Sara Forestier, Tom Riley
  • Directors: Santiago Amigorena
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic, English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SAAT7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Few Days in September" on IMDb

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In this offbeat international thriller, a secret agent tries to unite two step-siblings with their fugitive father. The trouble begins on September 5th, 2001 when former CIA operative Elliot (Nick Nolte in a brief, but effective cameo) flees Paris without telling his daughter, Orlando (Perfume’s Sara Forestier), or his stepson, David (Tom Riley), freshly arrived from the States. (After his first wife died, Elliot left France for the US, where he remarried.) Once his former associate, Irène (a bespectacled Juliette Binoche), realizes that Elliot's ex-partner, William (John Turturro, alternating between French and English), has them in his sites, she collects the kids--who have only just met--and they set off to find Elliot. It's not that William wants to harm the duo, but rather to extract information about their father in order to execute him. As they haven't seen Elliot in years, Irène and her charges have no idea what he might have done. All they know is that he's waiting for them in Venice. The final showdown takes place on September 10th--and no, that date is not coincidental. First-time French-Argentinean director Santiago Amigorena doles information out slowly to draw out the suspense, but A Few Days in September is more quirky than pulse-pounding. Irène's only companion, for instance, is a turtle, while William recites poetry after each kill. If suspense is in short supply, cliché is also kept to a minimum, and the usually intense Binoche, as a wise-cracking, chain-smoking spook, finally gets to have some fun. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Juliette Binoche, John Turturro and Nick Nolte star in this edge-of-your-seat conspiracy thriller. Ten days before 9/11, Elliott (Nolte), a CIA agent who is holding top secret information on the immediate future of the world, disappear appears. Irène (Binoche), a French agent, along with Elliott’s abandoned son and daughter, follow the trail from Paris to Venice in a race against time to uncover the truth.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Quelques jours en septembre (A Few Days in September) is an intelligent, classy little film that boasts not only a unique story as written and directed by Argentinean Santiago Amigorena, but a fine cast of both seasoned and fresh young actors who capture our attention and hearts as they progress through Europe on a mission that has a lot to do (in 2001) with September's indelible imprint on the world. It is a film that contains biting humor, black humor, love interests, and bizarre sidebars that make the final moments of the movie all the more troubling.

Irène Montano (Juliette Binoche) is an agent in Paris who is somehow connected to secret intelligence in making a meeting with one CIA agent Elliott (Nick Nolte) who holds top-secret information that could change the world... Irène is instructed by cellphone to look after Elliott's estranged French daughter Orlando (Sara Forestier), who loathes the father that deserted her when her mother died, and Elliot's young son David (Tom Riley) from the US who adores his father and has come to Paris to see him. Various meeting places between Irène (accompanied by Orlando and David) and Elliot are aborted until finally the three are told to travel to Venice for a definite meeting. This all takes place between September 5th and September 10th and it is soon suggested that the elusive Intelligence Service Elliott hold information that will impact the world.

As the three characters progress through the streets and cafés of Paris and of Venice they are stalked by a very odd assassin William Pound (John Turturro) who divides his time among reciting poetry, in cellphone consultations with his psychiatrist, killing people and planning the assassination of Elliott.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A FEW DAYS IN SEPTEMBER. (2007) Starring Juliette Binoche, Nick Nolte and John Turturro.

This...admitedly well made is the French version of September 11, 2001 with Desert Storm tossed in to boot. To wit the Bush administration was behind it all so as to provide a pretext to invade Iraq so as to get Saddam Hussein. The Muslim world is shown as not having a clue let alone any involvement. We are also treated to a roughly ten minute screed by a young French woman on why Americans are not really human and will be wiped off the face of the Earth in 30 years tops. The sole American presented as not being sleazy or an insane killer haplessly agrees.

Did I mention that the film is French??
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Few Days In September - Very Disappointing March 30, 2009
A Few Days In September is one of those movies that many fans of thoughtful foreign films will seek out because of a compelling cast. Unfortunately, most will likely be disappointed. Juliette Binoche and John Turturro cannot save this poorly constructed movie with the stereotypical wooden roles that were written for them. The fact that there is a lack of action has little to do with why this movie is so terrible. I've taken baths deeper than this story. This movie is bad because none of the introspection that fans of spy dramas look for are present in any part of this film. There is nothing deep or thought provoking about this movie. To the characters in this movie, Americans are "dinosaurs" and the Japanese are "weird."

But in addition to being unrealistic, bigoted and cliché, this movie also commits the cardinal sin of film: it's extremely boring. The film-guide on my cable provider described this movie as "terrifying." Perhaps to those who fear boredom, it might be. For everyone else, this may be the cure to insomnia. It took me 4 or 5 viewings to make it all the way through this.

The irony of this film is that the appearance of Nick Nolte is actually a high point here because it adds a little bit of drama and tension to an otherwise uneventful plot. When actors like Binoche and Turturro have significant screen time and the highlight of your film is 5 minutes worth of Nick Nolte, that is not a good thing. No offense is meant to Mr. Nolte, but most of this cast is wasted here.


Ninety percent of the film is comprised of Binoche's character chaperoning Nolte's kids from Paris to Venice to meet their father. Many good things could have been done with that premise, but here it is wasted.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of cinematography December 26, 2007
By A. Oguz
This year especially, I got what I thought were good gems of movies, with good actors, plot and shooting. But, what I ended up with were duds. This one is one of those.

Once you start watching the movie, you know exactly what is going to happen, but have to go through the torture of getting there.. not that much happens. There is tension created out of thin air, there is somewhat of a plot line, and all the good acting is wasted on a total that is not there. It is as if the French create these movies to mock the Americans.

Also, there are no subtitles in English part of the dialogue, so if you are hard of hearing, tough luck!

I would consider this movie to be a "poser", nothing more, especially on a subject as significant as 9/11.

What a waste..
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