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Gloomy Sunday is beautiful, well-acted, and every bit as downcast as its title. Read critic reviews

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A woman who loves two men (Joachim Król, Stefano Dionisi) in World War II Germany inspires one to write a song that, mysteriously, drives some to suicide.

Cast & Crew

Joachim Król
László
Ben Becker
Hans Wieck
Sebastian Koch
Obersturmbannführer Eichbaum
László I. Kish
Standartenführer Schnefke
Wanja Mues
Herr Mendel
Ulrike Grote
Frau Häberle
Tibor Kenderesi
Professor Tajtelbaum
Anna Rackevei
Tajtelbaums Nichte
Rolf Schübel
Director
Martin Rohrbeck
Executive Producer
Martin Wiebel
Associate Producer
Edward Kłosiński
Cinematographer
Ursula Höf
Film Editor
Tina Böckenhauer
Casting
Volker Schäfer
Production Design
Karim Ghadamchi
Makeup Artist
Ulrike Bruns
Makeup Artist
Milanka Comfort
Production Manager
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Critic Reviews for Gloomy Sunday

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Audience Reviews for Gloomy Sunday

  • Oct 30, 2011
    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 ;-)
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2011
    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.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2011
    As lovely and haunting as the song...
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2010
    It’s a has a good twist but wrapped around it is a European period romance story and the low point is the character development. Erika Marozsan simple beauty really bumps this film up a ½ star. But her character in the beginning you know she’s Yugoslavian and possibly gypsy and at one point studied the piano, that’s it for her character. The other characters are as equally one dimensional. The relationship is also hit and miss. The scenes when she is with either of the men contain allot of nudity, but it is just a matter of course of the exposition. Not like Hollywood movies where so many times every time someone looses clothing the theme turns pornographic. The restaurant owner and the piano player both being her lover and good friends just seem too contrived for me. Worth a watch I’m usually on to the twist but the ending had me trying to put it together furiously.
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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