A trilogy of short films—everything will be ok
, i am so proud of you
, and it's such a beautiful day
—by Don Hertzfeldt
. They focus on a man named Bill, who leads a boring and somewhat depressing life. There is a certain air of the absurd, not at all mitigated by his dysfunctional family and hallucinations and odd dreams brought on by a rapidly worsening malignant brain tumor.
The first two films have been released separately on DVD. A feature film compiling the three parts
under the title of the third short is also pending release.
The it's such a beautiful day trilogy as a whole provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: Bill was originally from Hertzfeldt's webcomic Temporary Anesthetics and in it led a relatively normal, if depressing in a banal way, life, free of mental disorder (if you're willing to forget about some strange recurring dreams).
- all lowercase letters: The titles.
- Compilation Movie: One that shares the title of the third part, it's such a beautiful day.
- Hallucinations: Bill suffers these multiple times throughout the films.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Specific compositions are noted in the individual folders.
- Recut: According to Hertzfeldt's Facebook, the theatrical cut of the Compilation Movie "is a slightly different extended version than the cut coming to DVD, but kind of not really."
- Slice of Life: Bill's imminent death does create a sense of conflict, but otherwise the plot is rather meandering and focuses on random goings-on in Bill's life.
The individual films provide examples of:
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- Brick Joke: Near the start of the film, the narrator remarks on how Bill always picked fruit from the back of the pile at the grocer's, because the fruit at the front was at "crotch-level" with the other customers. Later on, he starts hallucinating that, in addition to having smokey demon heads, everyone he saw had "gigantic, bacteria-riddled crotches all over the goddamn produce."
- Dysfunction Junction: Most everyone Bill knows and meets was odd in one way or another, such as his unhelpful neighbor who talked about nanomachines could preserve his brain in a failed effort to comfort Bill, and quickly changed the subject to a dream he had where his toes fell off.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Excerpts from Bizet's "Au fond du temple saint" and Smetana's "Vitava (Moldau)" are featured.
- Sanity Slippage: "THE PIPE IS LEAKING. THE PIPE IS LEAKING. THE PIPE IS LEAKING."
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The narration of the relatively mundane segments of Bill's life in the first part are set to spectacular classical music.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: The entire film is done through Bill's perspective.
- Title Drop: Very nearly; the exactly line is, "...as if everything were OK."
i am so proud of you