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Day Night Day Night

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Benoit Debie

Day Night Day Night

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
94 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/11/07
performer:
Josh P. Weinstein, Luisa Williams, Gareth Saxe
director:
Julia Loktev
distributor:
IFC First Take
author:
Julia Loktev
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

A stunt masquerading as a statement. In Day Night Day Night, Julia Loktev’s maddeningly austere and self-important drama, an American woman (Luisa Williams), 19 years old, arrives in Manhattan to carry out a mission as a suicide bomber. Is she a homegrown Islamic terrorist? An especially irate lefty blogger? We’re never given a clue, so the whole It can happen here! scenario unfolds in a vague ”cautionary” vacuum. The silent preparatory rituals — meetings with hooded comrades, the strapping on of the bomb — culminate with a death walk, in real time, through Times Square, a sequence of the most purely opportunistic suspense.