It's Such A Beautiful Day

Film, Animation
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
It's Such A Beautiful Day

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.

By: Dave Calhoun


Release details

Rated: n/c
Release date: Friday May 3 2013
Duration: 62 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Screenwriter: Don Hertzfeldt

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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It's now available on Netflix. Strange film. Afterthe first 5 minutes I thought it was a piece of crap. By the end of the film, I thought it was a masterpiece.