It's Such a Beautiful Day

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This animated feature is trippy stuff firmly rooted in the troubled life of Bill, a struggling line-drawn character and the invention of young Californian animator Don Hertzfeldt. His film is a mix of black-and-white drawings, film and photo inserts, a detached narration and a seriously inventive soundtrack. At first, Bill seems to be a mildly kvetching oddball. But soon it’s clear that this man’s brain is scrambling and he’s in real difficulty – inspiring Hertzfeldt to take us back and forth through his life, and the lives of his family. It’s a bold attempt to get inside the mind of someone who’s losing theirs, and Hertzfeldt has a grip on the idea and reality of death that’s deeply unsettling. It’s funny, too, in a deadpan way (‘He went home and masturbated for seven hours’), and its simple appearance hides some great wisdom. If you can’t make it to the ICA, where it’s playing for a week, you can already watch it for $2 on Vimeo.

Release details

Duration: 23 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Screenwriter: Don Hertzfeldt

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Jeff S

It is very much influential to people as it displays a man named Bill who has to go through obstacles such as his past or his own brain. It also demonstrates not to waste time and make the most of what you got. This animated film is what I call one of the greatest of all time.