Powerful, moving, timely! I'm not usually one who makes an effort to see socio-political movies because usually the filmmakers are so one side minded that, I figure - "Why not just tell me what you're trying to promote?" Monday Morning is quite different in that regard.
It is a fictional story with a right leaning talk show skirt-chasing guy, Thomas Bach (played truthfully with guts, and compassion by Victor Browne), who is very popular and who is approached to run for the senate in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Seems par fo the course given today's political maneuverings. Bach has to go to Los Angeles to take care of some "personal business." But once in L.A., he falls victim to an attack and ends up homeless, mixing with the homeless population. Bach sees these people and their lives like he never would have imagined before, and develops much more sympathy towards them.
There are a lot of fascinating twists, which I can't give away because of spoilers. Written and directed by Nat Christian, Monday Morning is one of those movies that has elements of harsh street reality, some humor, poignancy and a dose of some kind of off-beat realism carrying some subliminal messaging that makes me want to see it again. I will wait a while, because there are strong graphic images and scenes in this movie that are not only moving but have a lasting effect. Credit this to the writing, directing and acting. Christian does what artists in this business should do. He aims high and takes risks. When artists, actors, directors, writers take these kinds of risks, often times they fall flat on their faces, but when they don't fall, they create brilliant and compelling experiences for the viewer. The latter is the case for Monday Morning. These are the kinds of risks that are needed if we want audiences to still pay the bucks to see a movie.
Along with Browne's wonderful portrayal, Christian also plays a supporting role with power, sensitivity and humor. Molly Kidder is a beautiful actress who brings a sophisticated intelligence to her role as Bach's girlfriend. An actress named Jessica Spotts is compelling as a homeless woman who bears all the harsh realities that many homeless woman receive every day in the big cities.
Monday Morning was filmed in Los Angeles, and whatever they did with the film stock or effects afterwards, it is an L.A. with a look unlike the city that is usually depicted in movies.
A special mention should be given to the explicit scenes in this movie, which will probably offend - highly offend some audiences and critics alike, but I found them necessary in order for me to get a true look at these people. Nevertheless, warning should be given if you intend to see this movie.