Nine Days is an extremely emotional and complex film about a man named Will (played by the illustrious Winston Duke) who’s job is to decide which of five souls get to have the human experience over the period of nine days. Think of it like The Bachelor, except the prize for winning is being born instead of superficial love. Will also has the job of watching the lives of the souls he lets through and storing their memories. The unborn-soul-contestant-people watch these lives as well, and they take notes on what they do and don’t like. The film takes place in a small house on a flat white landscape. It was filmed on the Salt Flats, and the beauty and isolation of the scenery is incredibly effective, and it adds wonderfully to the bittersweet and introspective nature of the film.
Edson Oda is making his feature film debut here, and you can feel his love of film and passion for the story he’s telling in every frame. I was fortunate enough to see this film at the Sundance Film Festival, and from what Oda said in the Q&A after the screening, this seems to be an extremely personal movie for him. But what is amazing about Nine Days is that, I believe it is a deeply personal movie to most everyone who sees it. This is some life-changing stuff right here. It’s message is so complex and hopeful, and it’s characters are so layered and varied, that I can see many people’s perspective on life being changed for the better. It gives you a feeling of gratefulness and hope that is poignant and powerful while remaining a wholy accessable and soft-spoken experience. The beautifully constructed narrative, top-notch acting, and gorgeous visuals cement this film as a must-see for anyone who breaths, and I consider it to be…
(Also I got to talk to Winston Duke, and he’s the coolest fella to walk the Earth.)