It's Such a Beautiful Day

Synopsis: Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.
Production: Independent Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
62 min

On the way to the bus stop,

Bill saw somebody he recognized

walking towards him, but he

couldn't remember his name.

He began to think of things

to say when they'd be

close enough

to acknowledge each other.

As they drew nearer,

their eyes locked,

uncertain if the other

was gonna stop to talk.

The person greeted Bill

as Bill mixed up the phrases

"What's up" with

"How's it going?"

Confused, the person

blurted out "Thanks"

before he knew

what he was saying.

Words caught in Bill's throat

and he replied, "Weh."

They did a sort of

awkward half turn,

and then continued on

now confident

that the other was not gonna

stop to talk.

They never saw each other again,

and a day later had each

forgotten the whole thing.

Later that night, Bill sat down

and put on a big sweater,

but it only made him sleepy.

In the supermarket,

Bill was always very careful

to select fruit from only

the back of the produce piles,

as the fruit in the front

was at crotch level

to the other customers.

An old man who smelled of

gasoline held up an onion

and said, "Big onion,"

to no one in particular.

He smiled at Bill

and Bill looked at his socks.

At the checkout counter,

Bill found himself

behind a big guy

whose T-shirt read,

"Second Place

is the First Loser."

The checkout girl said,

"How are you doing today?"

Bill said, "Fine, thanks,

how are you?"

She didn't answer.

Bill felt used.

As he waited for his next bus,

Bill stared at

a torn shopping bag

that was blowing in the wind

on the end of a broken pole

and anxiously sucked blood

out of a sore

in the corner of his mouth.

(men singing opera)

Bill dropped his keys

on the counter

and stood there

staring at them,

suddenly thinking about

all the times

he'd thrown his keys there


and how many days of his life

were wasted

repeating the same tasks

and rituals in his apartment

over and over again.

But then he wondered if,


this was his life,

and the unusual part was his

time spent doing other things.


Bill sat down and read

a celebrity interview.

Then he watched the ants

crawl around in his sink.

(fluttering noise)

That night, Bill dreamt

of a monstrous fish head

that fed upon his skull.

(eerie exhale)

(low guttural sound)

In the morning,

Bill felt really tired

even though

he'd just been sleeping.

His calendar had a photo of

a manatee on it for the month.

It always seemed as though

the manatee was staring at him.

Bill sat in the living room

with a giant box of crackers.

He thought some food

might help him get going,

but felt kind of strange eating

in front of the television

without having it on.

Pretty soon he was watching

a boxing match

on a Mexican channel.

He'd been watching

a lot of boxing lately,

but didn't really know why.

In the fourth round, there was

an accidental head butt

that split open one of the

fighter's heads pretty badly.

They showed it over and over

again in slow motion.

Before he knew it,

Bill had eaten

the entire box of crackers.

He felt really lousy

and didn't want to get up.

He had a sudden urge

to talk to somebody,

so Bill phoned

his ex-girlfriend

and told her about the manatee

on his calendar.

"Did you ever see the movie

about the giant manatee

that attacked a city?"

she asked.

"I think you mean giant mantis,"

said Bill.

"Oh yeah," she said.

"Giant mantis."


The next morning,

Bill felt even worse.

Downtown, the hot smell

of manure

blew past him as he walked.

Bill soon came upon

three dead horses in the road,

apparently struck down

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