Gloomy Sunday (2003)

Gloomy Sunday

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Gloomy Sunday is beautiful, well-acted, and every bit as downcast as its title.


Movie Info

Rolf Schuebel makes his directorial debut with this subtly-told true story about one the 1930s' most memorable melodies. Set just prior to WWII, the film focuses on Hungarian beauty Ilona (Erika Marozsan) and her significant other Laszlo Szabo (Joachim Krol), a dapper owner of Budapest's finest restaurant. Though Ilona is known for her prowess on the piano, the two decide to hire a professional as the finishing touch on their classy establishment. They hire Andras (Stefano Dionisi), a taciturn … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Thoma Andrews, Rolf Schübel, Ruth Toma
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2006
Box Office: $0.2M
Runtime:
Menemsha

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Cast


as Laszlo Szabo

as Andras Aradi

as Ilona Varnai

as Hans Wieck

as Eichbaum

as Haeberle

as Wieck as an Old Man

as Ilona's Son

as Violin Player

as Frau Wieck

as Ambassador

as Ambassador's Wife

as Physician

as Torresz

as Istvan, Head Cook

as Inas, Apprentice

as Potato Seller

as Director Novak

as Mr. Svoboda

as Herr Schwitz

as Postman

as Mr. Mendel

as Mrs. Mendel

as Professor Tajtelbaum

as Seine Nichte

as Journalist in Cafe

as Wine Supplier

as Candle Shop Assistan...

as Elderly Jew in Wieck...

as SS Officer

as Laszlo's Neighbor

as Reporter 1

as Reporter 2

as Reporter 3

as BBC Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Gloomy Sunday

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (22)

It's intelligent, well-acted and beautifully photographed.

Full Review… | May 12, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Its old-fashioned romanticism is heady, and the relationships among the characters are intriguing.

Full Review… | February 20, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It has enough opulent, oversized romanticism to make it a guilty pleasure, not to mention three attractive and appealing characters and, of course, that song.

Full Review… | December 19, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

It's a stirring and provocative affirmation of the power and resilience of love.

Full Review… | December 11, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

With the Hungarian song "Gloomy Sunday" as its thematic centerpiece, this personalized story of Budapest during World War II becomes a satisfying romantic drama about four divergently different people.

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

Undoubtedly deserves to be added to the ranks of the best Holocaust films ever made.

Full Review… | May 2, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

Audience Reviews for Gloomy Sunday

creaky melodrama

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

The story about the song is absurd, the menage-a-trois is not sexy, but the atmosphere is nice and you cant take yours eyes off Erika Marozsan..she is just gorgeous. A little slow, though, and a little uneventful. Really good ending, however, which almost makes me forgive the rest.

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Seeing its high rating and believing it to be factual, I pounced upon it. But no sooner did the movie begin I found the proceedings to be too good to be true. And so it obviously was. The factual events are finely woven in this drama. I'd have enjoyed it more had it been without certain scenes. But having seen it, I guess they were necessary, or at least some of them. But I can't have everything my way. Putting that aside, the movie takes a dull start, but gets its grip firm as it advances, then takes a nap, then again becomes interesting,... and so on and forth. This tale of love, lies and betrayal is full of highs and lows. Predictable as it stands, it's interesting nevertheless. In fact, it's so great that (happened to encounter in Trivia section) it's been running daily since 2001 (till at least 10.30.2011 when this was written if the facts were factual!!!) at the Academy Arts Centre Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand (so what if it's an accommodating 11 seat theater?).

Surely worth a watch... and a gloomy Sunday may help more ;-)

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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