A bizarre bar fight breaks out in a New Orleans 24-hour bar/nightclub/laundromat between a homeless street performer, the city's worst drug dealer, a desperate musician, and a corrupt bartender, but revisiting their respective day(s) reveals a tragicomic web of community intrigue. MAGNOLIA meets BARFLY.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2018
The quirky little film shows 4 stories of the people of New Orleans who frequent a bar and how these strange patrons interact. A little film with big acting makes this watchable and enjoyable at the same time. And this small gem has good directing, it has too in order to make the pieces of the puzzle come together.
The majority of the action in this movie takes place around an intersection in my neighborhood. Laundry Day captures "just another day in the Marigny" as it was before AirBNB turned it in to one big hotel.
If you're into off-the-beaten-path film festival darlings, here's an interesting and fun choice. This film takes place in the corners of New Orleans that you don't see in the tourist brochures; it's not the magical swamp portrayal of Louisiana either. It's a real slice of local barfly life, ugly and grimy yet sometimes beautiful and hilarious, the underbelly of the celebrated local music scene. The film is dripping with authenticity (and stale beer, also possibly detergent) and captures that scene quite well. It follows four main characters through tangling midadventures. Some of the film's storylines work better than others, but overall it paints a vivid portrait of a neighborhood and its inhabitants.
It's nearly impossible to convey the vibe of New Orleans in the couple decades preceding Katrina, with most depictions falling into Cajun or voodoo caricatures. (Nice try, Treme, but: Not really.) To do this, you might need to base your movie in a bar that sits right at the intersection of tourists and locals, Checkpoint Charlie. In a setting like this, you might be able to give the viewer the grit-on-your-tongue mix of sleaze and ease that defined this era of New Orleans. That, at least, is how this gem of a movie did it...
You see a lot of movies set in New Orleans and the New Orleans, if you spent any time here, never quite shows up. It's important to remember New Orleans is down river way down river. You can do short time here or it can be a life sentence and that New Orleans is all over this one.