Day and Night

Director Simon Staho's film, set almost entirely in an SUV, follows the vehicle's morose owner (Mikael Persbrandt) over the course of a day as he picks up various friends, family members, and strangers in an attempt to settle personal accounts before following through with his suicide plan. If this sounds familiar it's because Staho (who also cowrote the script) lifted the conceit straight from Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry. But where Kiarostami's film was a profound meditation on life, Staho's is a dark psychodrama, and an unredemptive one at that. It's compelling thanks to the exceptionally good performances, but it's hard to get past the unremitting bleakness. With Erland Josephson and Pernilla August. In Swedish with subtitles. 95 min.

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