Mondays in the Sun
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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'.Read more ›
Javier Bardem's Santo is the most articulate of the bunch and explains most clearly what was in fact lost during the layoffs that put them all out of work - the unity and solidarity that they once had as a community of working men. Willing, so he says, to work at all costs to preserve that community, they were broken instead by a company ready to sell-out in the face of foreign competition. Drifting now in mid-life, they must fight self-defeat and humiliation. Having given the best years of their lives contributing to a social order they'd been encouraged to believe in, they are now cast off as useless.
Clinging to his pride as a man and a skilled worker, Santo helps prop up the men around him, using anger, humor, and wit to keep them going, while refusing to let them feel alone and abandoned. His older friend Paulino keeps going to job interviews, dyeing his hair and borrowing his son's sweater to appear younger. Another friend, Jose, is at the point of losing his wife, who is the wage-earner of the two, holding down a miserable job in a fish cannery. While the film sounds like a downer, there are also belly laughs and moments of sheer delight, as when the men join two teenager girls at a karaoke bar to sing "Volare."
Not a film for everyone. If you want a strong plot and lots of action, don't bother. You'll hate it.Read more ›
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Wonderful acting of all the actors. I am also a Javier Bardem fan.
A realistic portrayal of the effects of the economic down turn in Spain, how it affected the industrial port... Read more
Rather depressing but good and so current with the recession in Spain these last years. Great actors!Published 9 months ago by Lise Vachon
This is well acted. It is a good documentation of the psychological condition / affects, that happens to an unemployed culture - apathy, low self esteem, alcoholism and depression. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eileen Muir
This is movie shows the struggle of unemployment in Spain...Very good moviePublished 13 months ago by Ahmed
The DVD is in excellent condition.
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This is supposed to be a comedy? So unbelievably not funny. I know Spanish Cinema is dark but how can anyone classify this as a comedy?Published on January 12, 2014 by Swisslegend
A simple and well made film about attempting to cope with life in a post industrial town in a changing world. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by unkown