Mondays in the Sun

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 208720076
UPC 031398102052
UPC 14 00031398102052
Format DVD
Release Date 2/12/2013
Rating Rating
Small Town Life
Small Towns
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A northern Spanish coastal town suffers from its own isolationism as shipyards close down, leaving the labor force scouring the streets for temp jobs with only their stubborn pride to show for it. Among the disillusioned is Santa (Javier Bardem), a cocksure, angry rebel who refuses to admit his own failures. Santa is the ring leader of a group of rapidly aging friends whose unemployed status causes them mounting grief. They drown their sorrows in an otherwise empty bar owned by Rico (Joaquin Climent), one of their coworkers from what now seems another life. While Santa tries to clumsily seduce women and pay for a lamp post he vandalized in anger, his companions battle serious alcoholism, loan denials, and marriage troubles, as they all face their own insignificance.^Javier Bardem perfectly embodies the defiant loser that is Santa. Letting himself go and carrying a hefty gut, Bardem manages to exude the false charm of a bitter sad sack who has remained a lady's man. Captured in gritty detail, director Fernando Leon de Aranoa offers a shattered image of the proud work force of northern Spain in a picture that won five Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent to the Oscars.
Film Comment "...The face and demeanor of Bardem emerges as the bulwark. His performance -- he seems to making a career of this -- can transcend the oppression of history with an assuredly relaxed slouch..." 05/01/2003 p.69
USA Today "...A remarkable film....The best thing about this bittersweet story is how simply and delicately its scenes are presented..." 07/25/2003 p.C11
Entertainment Weekly "...[The film] pulses with the star power of the extraordinary Javier Bardem..." 08/15/2003 p.54
Uncut "[S]o deft at spotting moments of hope, humour and defiance among these declining characters that, far from being just a wallow in despair, it's also lean and uplifting." 06/01/2005 p.142
Sight and Sound "[T]he film dishes out gallows humour alongside its mournful recital of despair." 06/01/2005 p.68-69
Fernando León de Aranoa
Luis Tosar
Javier Bardem
Cast & Crew
Serge Riaboukine - Star
Enrique Villen - Star
Aida Folch - Star
Laura Dominguez - Star
Luis Tosar - Star
Joaquin Clement - Star
Nieve de Medina - Star
Javier Bardem - Star
Celso Bugallo - Star
Jose Angel Egid - Star
Lucio Godoy - Composer
Elias Querejeta - Producer
Alfredo F. Mayo - Director of Photography
Fernando León de Aranoa - Screenwriter
Fernando León de Aranoa - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 24025
UPC 00031398102052
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Original Language Spanish
Available Audio Tracks Spanish
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Video Format DVD

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