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Mondays in the Sun (2002)

Javier Bardem , Serge Riaboukine , Fernando Leon de Aranoa  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Javier Bardem, Serge Riaboukine, Luis Tosar, Tejada Enrique Villen, Joaqun Climent
  • Directors: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DN0UY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Oscar(r) winner JAVIER BARDEM dominates this insightful and heartbreaking drama that captured five of Spain's prestigious Goya Award s including Best Film and Best Actor. Directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa, the powerful story follows five unemployed shipyard workers on the coast of Spain. Led by the cocky Santa (BARDEM), a lonely former ladies' man, the men may be down on their luck but still manage to encourage each other to search for work, love and the strength to hope for better days.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another gem from Spain December 6, 2003
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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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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"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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars social reality June 13, 2003
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!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reward only for patient cinema viewers September 13, 2003
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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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie gives you a reality check April 3, 2003
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unemployed . . . February 2, 2009
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When this movie was made, viewers on this side of the Atlantic may well have regarded its unemployed shipyard workers as losers who might have made something of themselves if they'd just been more resourceful instead of waiting for some outside agency to solve their problems. Now in the current economic crisis in the US, workers of all kinds are losing jobs by the millions, and the experience of the "losers" in this film is a whole lot more relevant.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery
The DVD is in excellent condition.
This DVD is haed to find.
The price was more than reasonable
I have recommended this DVD to other friends.
Published 9 months ago by Ignacio A. Balli, Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucks
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 9 months ago by Swisslegend
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful film with beautiful characters
A simple and well made film about attempting to cope with life in a post industrial town in a changing world. Read more
Published 13 months ago by unkown
2.0 out of 5 stars subtitles were few and far between
I love Javier Bardem and his movies are always great. And while the acting was superb, if you dont understand much Spanish like me, it is hard to comprehend. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Torcgirl
1.0 out of 5 stars What a drag!
This cough, cough movie was so boring that we had to shut it down. Don't bother.
Why does this junk even exist?
Published 21 months ago by E. Morales
3.0 out of 5 stars Brutally depressing.
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Published on September 10, 2012 by Robert Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Movie About Unemployment
Being unemployeed is something many can sympathize with. This movie struggles to get off of the ground and I found my thoughts drifting away from the movie at the beginning. Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Maria Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, grown-up movie
Touching, sweet study of a group of unemployed middle aged men in Spain,
struggling to hold on to their dignity. Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Solidarity ...
... brought down Communism in Poland, but it was no match for Capitalism in Spain.

That's a paraphrase of the joke told by Sergei, the only immigrant among the laid-off... Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by Giordano Bruno
4.0 out of 5 stars It was the best of times; it was the worst of times
"Mondays in the Sun" (2002) is the story of America now, 2010. America has witnessed the loss of millions of jobs for its middle class, workers who have little or no chance of... Read more
Published on November 10, 2010 by Sgt Fletcher
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