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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.

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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
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ignacio del Moral, Fernando León de Aranoa
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On DVD: Nov 18, 2003
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


Pepo Oliva
as Samuel
Cesar Cambeira
as Prosecutor
Luis Castro
as Shipyard Employment ...
Maria Luisa Martinez
as Employment Office Cl...
Casilda Garcia
as Boarding House Owner
Luisa Merelas
as Lino's Wife
Belén López
as Lino's Daughter
Denis Gomez
as Boy on Ferry
Miguel Barines
as Canning Factory Mana...
Gracia Mestre
as Woman in Supermarket
Lois Seaxe
as Ana's Workmate
Isabel Cervino
as Court Secretary
Pablo Vázquez
as Child in House
as Bizco
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Critic Reviews for Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol)

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (26)

In these days of cutbacks and belt-tightening, its story has a strong resonance.

September 20, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A small, intimate film that moves viewers with its passion.

Full Review… | September 11, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Midway, Mondays in the Sun becomes as dull as a day with nothing to do.

Full Review… | September 5, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The best thing that can be said about this funny, poignant and compassionate film is that watching it is not work.

Full Review… | August 22, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Thoughtful and well-acted, but a little flat in the story department.

August 22, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

To the patient viewer, the rewards are many, especially Bardem's performance.

August 15, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

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 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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