Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol) (2003)
Critic Consensus: Javier Bardem gives an outstanding performance in this hought-provoking (though occasionally plodding) movie about the effects of unemployment on a group of former shipyard workers.
In a northern coastal city of Spain, which turned its back on the countryside long ago and surrounded itself with industries, a group of men make their way through the streets everyday, looking for life's emergency exits. Walking the tightrope of precarious employment, taking shelter in their daily conversations and routine--as if the dismal wreck of their lives was not their own. While they talk of their exploits and laugh, at everything and nothing in particular, they try to remain full of hope, relaxed, on a Monday morning in the sun. … More
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Critic Reviews for Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol)
In these days of cutbacks and belt-tightening, its story has a strong resonance.
Midway, Mondays in the Sun becomes as dull as a day with nothing to do.
The best thing that can be said about this funny, poignant and compassionate film is that watching it is not work.
Thoughtful and well-acted, but a little flat in the story department.
To the patient viewer, the rewards are many, especially Bardem's performance.
Audience Reviews for Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol)
Javier Bardem is one of the best actors of our time! Luis Tosar is super hot! I found out that he's in a band too (The Ellas). Having been laid off this movie really hit home... what if I was older and couldn't get another job?
So I got an A on a paper that I used this film to describe Marxian theory...wow...I am brilliant. The film was great but it was more of a gift because I caught about 50 minutes of it on IFC with the paper being due within weeks, I was lost on how I was to use film or literature in modern sociological theory. I immediately began to see the Marxian work parallels in the film and throw in some gender role steroetypes and viola an A sociological paper in one of the most challenging classes in my sociology course load. The film does portray the lives of men who are lost when there place of employment closes and the reactions to start over...Bardem as Santa is sleazy, raunchy, but loving and I LOVE it. It is amazing how handsome men look in beards (Bardem sports one and 15 pounds), thanks dad, the eternal hairy man in my life, who is razorlly challenged
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