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Mondays in the Sun [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, Jose Angel Egido, Enrique Villen
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DN0UY4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
Touching, sweet study of a group of middle-aged, unemployed men in Spain, and how they try to
cling to feeling relevant and meaningful in a world that doesn't seem to need them.

Yet another great performance by Javier Bardem at its center.

A little wordy and stagy, and the end is a touch sappy, but mostly moving,
gentle and real. A film that has stayed with me over the years.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat on 20 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
"Mondays in the Sun", directed by Fernando León de Aranoa, is a movie where not much happens. Despite that, it is worthwhile seeing, and remembering...
Why?. Because it tells us the story of a group of friends, former workers in a shipyard, who were sacked from their jobs and are unemployed. The spectators will watch them look repeatedly and uselessly for a new job, and deal with being unemployed and old in a society where most jobs are for young people. As a result, viewers are likely to realize that having a job isn't only about earning money, but also part of who we are, to a certain extent. And in the case of most of these men, their identities are in need of a redefinition that gives their lives new meaning.
This story takes place in Spain, but it could have been set in many other places. "Mondays in the Sun" is a film about unemployment and friendship, and those are things that are everywhere. As such, you are highly unlikely to find the message of this movie irrelevant. Even if you have a job (and that is my case), you probably know that some people don't, and that they suffer the consequences of that lack.
It is pertinent to point out that this isn't a film that will make you laugh. It is somewhat gloomy at times, and the actors play well the roles of people on the edge, eager to strike out at whomever is near them. Santa (Javier Bardem) is specially impressive as a man who doesn't have a clue regarding what to do with himself now that he doesn't have a job.
Another of the characters of this story is Serguei (Serge Riaboukine), a former Russian astronaut who is in Spain looking for a job. Serguei tells the others a joke: "Two old party comrades meet and one says `All that we were told about communism was a lie'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dooscah on 14 May 2012
Format: DVD
Javier Bardem has a bright, colourful persona. His look and facial expressions are more akin to that of a cartoon character which makes scenes more interesting to watch as he deals with real life, grown-up issues of gloom & depression. An odd observation yes, but an observation... one which impels me to delve into more of his exploits.

In a nutshell, this story shows how unemployment manifests itself around community folk. It remains transfixed on the subject of human relationships directly affected by common circumstance. The murky setting speaks volumes over the dialogue. With miserable overcast greys and rain puddles dotted around derelict streets and industrial backdrops; the mood is clear. And superficial connotations of the film title would be a sad mistake.

The group of now unemployed middle-aged men are presented with a real sense of hopelessness and reckless desperation. However, the theme is potently 'laugh or you'll cry' and the humour this gives way to is extremely funny at times "Bubbles.. orange or lemon?".

Out of pure boredom, they start taking shots at each others families/relationships either maliciously or endearingly but somehow all within the premise of sticking together. Some might erroneously classify this film as a dark comedy but the bar jokes and banter are heavily plagued by an undertone of sadness right the way through.

The screenplay forces you to care about these people. I feel the director intentionally held his cards close to his chest for the most part, leaving you to exercise your own adult intuition of everyone's thoughts and feelings in various situations. You'll experience a roller-coaster of emotions watching this film which arguably pays homage to Ken Loachs' "Riff Raff" in many ways. The melancholic soundtrack sits in the same vein as Claire Denis' "35 Shots of Rum" by Tindersticks.
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By Hoover on 13 Oct 2014
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Loved this movie, really felt for the characters, one of those movies you dont want to end.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Yet another gem from Spain 7 Dec 2003
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
MONDAYS IN THE SUN can be viewed as a bleak moratorium lived out by shipyard workers in a Spanish community who have been laid off thier jobs without apparent reason. Some of the characters react by accepting menial jobs as temporizing, their wives work packing smelly tuna in cans, and others react with a venom that is only slightly beneath the skin and strike out at the establishment for allowing their jobs to be taken by cheaper foreign countries (ships will now be built in Korea). Sound familiar? Well, here in a minimal setting we have all of the chaos and loss of dignity of the unemployed of the world portrayed by a talented cast and directed with realistic fervor. Javier Bardem once again proves that he is a consummate actor, taking the lead role of a man without money, job, and respect and somehow finds humanism in this grim part. The story progresses slowly, not unlike the sad days of the men who while away their useless lives in a bar owned by on of their comrades. In this micro setting we are given macro feelings and emotions and a sense of camaraderie that overcomes the sadness of their lives. This is not an entertaining movie. This is a contemporary statement about a large part of our society and can't help but cause a twinge of association in all of us.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
`All that we were told about communism was a lie', `but the worst thing is that all we were told about capitalism was true' 20 Sep 2005
By M. B. Alcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"Mondays in the Sun", directed by Fernando León de Aranoa, is a movie where not much happens. Despite that, it is worthwhile seeing, and remembering...

Why?. Because it tells us the story of a group of friends, former workers in a shipyard, who were sacked from their jobs and are unemployed. The spectators will watch them look repeatedly and uselessly for a new job, and deal with being unemployed and old in a society where most jobs are for young people. As a result, viewers are likely to realize that having a job isn't only about earning money, but also part of who we are, to a certain extent. And in the case of most of these men, their identities are in need of a redefinition that gives their lives new meaning.

This story takes place in Spain, but it could have been set in many other places. "Mondays in the Sun" is a film about unemployment and friendship, and those are things that are everywhere. As such, you are highly unlikely to find the message of this movie irrelevant. Even if you have a job (and that is my case), you probably know that some people don't, and that they suffer the consequences of that lack.

It is pertinent to point out that this isn't a film that will make you laugh. It is somewhat gloomy at times, and the actors play well the roles of people on the edge, eager to strike out at whomever is near them. Santa (Javier Bardem) is specially impressive as a man who doesn't have a clue regarding what to do with himself now that he doesn't have a job.

Another of the characters of this story is Serguei (Serge Riaboukine), a former Russian astronaut who is in Spain looking for a job. Serguei tells the others a joke: "Two old party comrades meet and one says `All that we were told about communism was a lie'. The other says `Yes, but the worst thing is that all we were told about capitalism was true'. In that silly joke, said by chance, we can find the root of the problem that aflicts these men...

Truth to be told, "Mondays in the Sun" tells us what happens to those left behind by capitalism. Of course, capitalism is not always good, but all the other systems are even worse. However, that doesn't mean we can deny that our system has problems that must be solved. This movie gets that point across powerfully, and because of that I highly recommend it.

Belen Alcat
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
social reality 14 Jun 2003
By Eliana Staten - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this movie in Barcelona, Spain in May 2003. It is so realistic. It portraits the lives of those without a job in Spain, but it also can reflect social reality in any country. The characters in the film are mature men sharing the same preocupation "el desempleo". We see their ordeals applying for jobs, but they never get them. They are frustrated. It is very touchy and it made me think for days. I give it 5 stars. Teneis que verla!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A reward only for patient cinema viewers 14 Sep 2003
By Govindan Nair - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
How can one one be entertained by a movie about the unglorious lives of four laid off shipyard employees in the grim setting of an economically depressed Spanish coastal city? Certainly, the slow pace of bar room banter coupled with the latent rage of the characters do not make for gripping drama. Yet, for the patient viewer, this award-winning Spanish movie becomes cinema verite at its best. The many subtle shades of human emotion and motives in the lives of these characters as they precariously tread in unemployment, are rendered with an unhurried pace which matches the reality they face daily of no real exit from misfortune other than to console themselves with each other. The movie turns out to be a winner!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
this movie gives you a reality check 4 April 2003
By "hebegebe01" - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this movie this past fall in Spain and it has left me thinking about it to this day. For anyone who has ever lost their job, this movie will hit home. It touches real issues and real reactions to those issues. If you have the opportunity to see this movie, please do. I hope it sends your emotions into full speed. It is a very touching a realistic story about the harsh realities of life and friendship.
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