Starring Vincent Cassel and Olivier Barthelemy
Co-Written and Directed by Romain Gavras
That seven day cycle has rolled around once more here in the city of Toronto and the second happiest day of the week is upon us again and the cinematic worlds of Hollywood and beyond are gracing us with the latest and greatest films for the couch dweller to take in and enjoy. Out today from our friends at eOne films is a road trip down the psychological state of a victim of bullying. Get ready for ‘Notre Jour Viendra’ or “Our Day Will Come”.
“Our Day Will Come” introduces us to Rémy (Barthelemy), a young redhead who has been bullied by his soccer teammates and is pursued by the police for having beaten his mother and sister. He is taken in by Patrick (Cassel), a guidance counselor and fellow redhead. He convinces Rémy that all his troubles stem from the color of his hair. Vulnerable to Patrick’s influence, Rémy relies squarely on him when he discovers that his girlfriend, whom he met through a website, is actually a boy. Fed up, the two take to the road, with Rémy deciding to head for Ireland, land of the redhead. After initially refusing to follow him, Patrick changes his mind and gradually transfers control to Rémy.
An official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 the debut feature from music video director Romain Gavras isn’t without some interesting elements but suffers from some gaping logic holes. This film was ultimately more of a renegade social experiment rather than a straight narrative as we follow these two similarly minded individuals on their rampage throughout the country side seemingly righting the perceived injustices done to them. A very well shot film, with a crisp score that kept us in the moment, the narrative was loose at best and the story device that put both of these sociopaths together was incredibly thin and short of a collective desire to lash out at anyone their motivations remain a mystery. An interesting character study of how people who are bullied and psychologically tortured but incapable of dealing with it or stopping it, however that doesn’t make a narrative film even on the best of days.
Character actor Vincent Cassel plays off center and crazy with the best of them, but rather than reveling a tortured soul with a back story we get a guidance councilor who has dialed out of his job only to pick up young Rémy on the run after he lashes out at his family for a hedonistic rampage across the country side. You could argue that the whole point of the film is the journey these characters take as they strip themselves down to the core, raw animalistic nature that one can argue is the makeup of the very human existence, but to this critic it all felt a little forced.
“Our Day Will Come” had some interesting themes going throughout the film but the narrative was more than a bit of a mess. Gavras has a good eye and is willing to take risks on a visual level, but needs to polish his writing skills before he tries it again.
2 out of 5 stars.
“Our Day Will Come” is available at video stores across Toronto; click here for a list of some of the finer video stores around Toronto.
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