The title, "Bad Day to Go Fishing" is a fishing metaphor for a con man who is a wrestling promoter fishing out to scam towns during his wrestling exhibitions. Orsini travels with ex-world champion, the strongest man, Jacob van Oppen and offers any man who can stand in the ring more than 3 minutes wins a $1,000. And, he fishes around for the perfect opponent who he can pay off to take a dive within the first 20 seconds.
The "fishing" expedition proves out to be a fishing prize he didn't expect!
The strongest man, Jacob is a simple man, longing for some normalcy instead of touring and wrestling and he is also aging and sickly. But he carries amazing strength.
The two land in Santa Maria in Uruguay, and seek out the usual wrestling partner for Jacob, pay him to lose to Jacob. Unfortunately, that plan foils before it gets played. A young woman, Adrianna, about to be married and in need of cash for the marriage, offers her fiancé, known as the Turk to challenge Jacob the strongest man.
After the original plan is foiled, manager Orsini promotes the event, displays the wrestler, stages preliminary showings, charging a fee, all to work up to the great event. He learns quickly that his plan takes a twist and turn. In reality, he exudes a lack of confidence in his ex-world champion. Orsini also lacks the money to put up for the prize. Everything is turning inside out.
This is a really well-done film, great pacing, very good acting that clearly portrays the many moods that drive the film. The storyline moves with intriguing interest, never a dull moment, everything needed to advance the viewer to follow the twists and turns revealed.
Subtitles are large and clear, however, the two main characters speak English often, and it may be difficult to understand them; they seem to mumble.
What makes this captivating is the ending of the movie becomes the dramatic opening scene, but without revealing the ending! Pay close attention, there is so much to grab hold of, to follow along to fully understand the con man, the fighter, the townspeople....
This film joins the ranks of the growing Film Movement collections. Film Movement is a distributor of award-winning independent and foreign film. See it! Rizzo