Friday or Another Day


Time Out says

Moine’s historical drama is ‘liberally adapted’ from Michel Tournier’s novel, presumably to allow for a more expansive metaphorical purpose. It’s a French version of a Robinson Crusoe shipwreck tale, with Nahon playing the middle-aged Comedie Française actor who is the sole survivor when his ship founders on the shore of a small Pacific island. Moine encourages a great performance from Nahon, railing about his loss of language as his solitary years roll by, surrounded only by a gallery of costumed dummies over whom he takes mock Governorship. The arrival of ‘Friday’ (‘named after the day I spared your life!’, says Nahon) triggers  a revolution in his emotions and thinking that may or may not echo those obtaining in his home country post-1789. Constantly intriguing, beautifully shot, it works towards an epiphanic finale as moving as Ruy Guerra’s ‘Sweet Hunters’.



Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Yvan Le Moine
Yvan Le Moine
Philippe Nahon
Alain Moraïda
Ornella Muti
Hanna Schygulla
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