Bad Day to Go Fishing

Directed by Álvaro Brechner
Film Movement
110 Minutes
Uruguay, Spain
Spanish, English, German
Comedy, Latin American
Not Rated
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Jacob van Oppen - formerly "the strongest man on earth," now a washed-up alcoholic - and his crafty manager, Orsini, make good money staging bogus wrestling matches in small South American towns. When this oddball duo arrives in the unassuming village of Santa Maria, business really takes off: the local newspaper sponsors the fight, and the quiet hamlet becomes plastered with posters announcing an open challenge to a worthy adversary. The ever-resourceful Orsini is sure he can find the right opponent to throw the fight, but fishing in Santa Maria yields a bigger catch than he'd hoped for.

DVD Features

Bonus shorts directed by Alvaro Brechner: Sofia; The Nine Mile Walk

Sound: Stereo 2.0

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "Alvaro Brechner's ambitious debut is something like a retro The Wrestler by way of the Coen brothers."
    Jordan Mintzer, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "An amusing and poignant fable!"
    Ion Cinema
  • Highest Rating
    "Briskly paced, nicely lensed and engagingly quirky!"
    The Hollywood Reporter

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