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Our Day Will Come
Redheaded teen Remy is bullied by his soccer teammates and drawn into fights with his younger sister and mother in their cramped apartment. After a flare-up of domestic violence, he flees home and is tracked down by a bitter guidance counselor, Patrick, also a redhead. Patrick looks upon Remy’s sullen insolence with both sympathy and disdain and decides to toughen him up...
Though messy, uncompromising and almost certain to offend Our Day Will Come races through its runtime offering just enough style and substance to justify a viewing. Vincent Cassel almost single-handedly makes the experience worthwhile, offering a performance as harsh and magnetic as we've come to expect from the established French actor. Essentially comprising of La Haine's grittiness, Badlands's freedom and the blunt violence of I Saw The Devil, Our Day Will Come also offers its hand at some genuine character development which gives a layer of depth to go with the stylistic violence on show. The score is fantastic in matching the high intensity throughout, and some of the cinematography on display, particularly towards the end, is fantastic also.
An us-against-the-world road trip fantasy/adventure that finds two redheads lashing out against the society they feel has persecuted them. Beautifully directed by Romain Gavras with great performances by Vincent Cassel and Olivier Barthelemy. The last twenty minutes brought to mind the maniacal final act of Werner Herzog's Stroszek. Absolutely love the final image in this film (although it doesn't top Herzog's dancing chicken).
The film has a companion piece in Gavras' M.I.A. video 'Born Free', which seems to capture the excessively violent, hyper-oppressive society that Our Day Will Come's main characters feel they're trapped within. NIIICCEEEE.
Director Romain Gavras has a thing for redheads; they seem to provide Gavras with a wealth of creativity and inspiration that all started with his Punishment Park-style, redhead round ‘em up music video for M.I.A.’s “Born Free“. Romain Gavras, along with co-writer Karim Boukercha, build upon that idea of redheads as second class citizens, suffering from intolerance and prejudice, marrying it with an angst-ridden youth lashing out at society with his debut feature length film Our Day Will Come. The outcome materializes in the form of dark and twisted, bromance road-trip fantasy, something akin to a red-headed male version of Thelma & Louise…with a crossbow.
Where writer/director Gavras succeeds with Our Day Will Come is that he treats this outlandish and…
Wow. Um. Wow. That was a a lot.
This film is a lot to take in. I don't know how I feel about it. I feel so conflicted.
No. Fuck it. I loved it. It's just so... out there. So free. The final scene is simply perfect. The score by Sebastian is mindblowing. This is probably one of the most "out there" films I've seen in a while. I'm reeling in right now. I need some time.
I could watch Vincent Cassel in anything, and he's magnetic again here, but this aggressively immoral, angry, demented road movie is ugly stuff. It's a love it or hate it, and I mostly hated it.
I just struggled to understand what Cassel's bitter, racist and genuinely repulsive counselor/psychiatrist's motivation was; tagging along with a wayward teenage outcast on an anarchic, crime-riddled journey to Ireland (or self-imposed oblivion, whatever comes first).
To install himself in his life, wherever it is headed, and try and help him find what he is searching for at any cost? There is an emotional complexity to his character that only a gifted performer like Cassel could add, but Gavras' ideas don't really gel into anything satisfying.
Does nothing to dissuade me from distrusting redheads.
Luckily it's more than just a visual manifesto for trod upon gingers and instead becomes a strange mix of buddy comedy and descent into madness. Surprisingly funny at times while dangerously unpredictable at others, the film is an oddly appealing adventure of sorts.
The two actors are fantastic in it but the comparison "being ginger" = the oppression of being a person of color is making me :/// as if it was made to teach the wh*tes without upsetting them
it's easy to transfigure the metaphoric categories in your own settings and make yourself comfy watching the revolutionary tasks of lone men
Anything involving Kim Chapiron and Vincent Cassel acting out violence is required viewing. Both of them know how to pick and scrape at something mundane until it festers.
Chaprion's ode to ginger pride takes brief moments to grotesquely joke about everything from being gay to shipping up to Ireland to casual racism.
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Unabashed momentum propels this random curiosity along, desperately compensating for an utter void of characterization and discipherable plot. While I can't say I didn't enjoy the ride, my sensibility gradually shifted from willing participant to hostage.
I hope Romain Gavras gets to direct another movie because the direction throughout this is really impressive with the final 20 minutes or so having this special sense of danger and excitement to it before finishing with an image that feels climatic, chaotic, strange, and beautiful all at the same time. Although I admire the kind of odd world Gavras is able to build here, I was never able to really click with the two leads or their escapades. Loved the direction, though. Loved.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Personally, I find it hard to connect with any anarchist political message - one that undoubtedly was included in this film - but what makes it stick out for me is the added relationship between our two protagonists, who will both evolve in the story. Though the one does become a sort of father figure, he does not obtain the full authority over the boy, just as the boy does not constantly rebel against his newfound friend/"adoptive" father. Both are egotistical maniacs once they have tasted the power of freedom, yet they also both lose control of their emotions; the boy throwing fits and the man closing himself off fro outside signals.
Does this mean that we, as humans, are…
This film is too much
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