(special thanks to Film Movement for sending me a screener!)
Bad Day to Go Fishing has nothing to do with fishing. Let's get that out of the way now, because it came as something of a surprise to me. Rather it's a story about a con artist, wrestling and hope in a small Uruguayan town.
The film stars Gary Piquer as Prince Orisi, a man who claims to be from Italian nobility. How this squares with him traveling on a bus around South America is something he hopes no one asks. In his company is Jacob, Jouko Ahola, a former professional wrestler who has recently fallen on hard times. Together they travel around offering people the chance to wrestle against Jacob. Anyone who lasts three minutes gets $1000. That the matches are staged comes as no surprise.
When they arrive in the small town of Santa Maria, Orisi contacts a strongman type and offers him money to be in the fight and lose. The man agrees, then gets arrested for drunken and disorderly behavior. This leaves Orisi without competition for Jacob. Up steps a young woman whose husband, known as the Turk and famed for cutting off a man's ears, is willing to wrestle. His wife is seriously interested in the money, and the fact that Orisi doesn't actually have it is something of a complication in his life. Add to that the fact that his wrestler seems to be cracking up and it sounds like life is about to become very interesting for Orisi.
I've seen at least one person say this is like The Wrestler if it were directed by the Coen brothers, and I can absolutely see that. It's got their visual style in spades, and characters that would not be out of place in one of their movies. It's a wonderful film to look at, beautifully written and nicely paced. It's an incredibly good film and one that I highly recommend!