CAST: Brandy Pitcher, Eric Ramaekers, Eliza de Azevedo Brown DIRECTOR: Edson Oda IN THEATERS ONLY | CLOSES 8/19/21
Will (Winston Duke) spends his days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TV's of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates - unborn souls - arrive at Will's to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma (Zazie Beetz), a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life. Making his feature-film debut after a series of highly acclaimed and award-winning short films and music videos, Japanese Brazilian director Edson Oda delivers a heartfelt and meditative vision of human souls in limbo, aching to be born against unimaginable odds, yet hindered by forces beyond their will.
NINE DAYS is as thoughtful as it is beautiful, as heartbreaking as it is jovial, and is a bittersweet, caring way to look at life between the ebbs and flows of death.Bailey Jo Josie, Film Inquiry
Oda's touch is extremely controlled, and the actors are so connected to what they are doing, that the film doesn't feel manipulative. The catharsis, when it comes, is exhilarating.Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com