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The woman has lived a long time with failure, with the illusion of promise which the future might bring. A new man, renewal of a career, that relationship which defies definition, but which can weave a magical web of mystery around the usual day to day events of life. The woman's question: I am still beautiful, I can act and speak and make audiences cry. Why am I left behind then, with my image worshipped still, at an altar which does not contain me?
The man has not lived so long with failure, is still enduring the shock of it, in jagged shots of vision-as a camera, flashing past sights no one ever wanted to see; persistent glimpses which go in and out of focus as in a dream, a nightmare-where eyeglasses produce a truth which eyes do not wish to see. His escape from truth, he can remove the eyeglasses and see nothing. Life has become a pile-up of trash, in rain spattered streets still blotched with late winter's snow. In spite of looking, your eyes refuse to grasp it, to integrate scene after scene with reason or meaning.
I watch the screen in amazement. I wonder how a story will emerge from the bad weather, bad views, bad tasting dark and light which tell the story of a fractured and blighted society. The society which we don't see or hear or care to see. Yet this bitter, broken place contains the music and the vital energy of all races, all nationalities. This energy, though misdirected at times, can still break through the clutter to beauty, unbelievably.
The film itself, Sunday, in spite of the director's personality that oozes through during the interview with Penn, is actually very good. David Suchet plays Oliver, a middle class IBM manager who's been thrown out of his job, now living in a shelter. By chance, he meets Madeleine, a British actress living in New York, whose marriage is crumbling and who appears to be having a hard time finding work. The two of them connect by a mutual understanding of their sorrowful plights using the clever mechanism of telling each other "made up" stories that reflect their real thoughts and feelings about each other. This is compounded by Madeleine's initially mistaking Oliver for a film director, Matthew Delacorta, and then continuing through with this charade, even though she knows it's not true.
One of the plot devices that gives this film a tremendous boost is the intercutting between scenes of Oliver and Madeleine together with scenese depicting life in the homeless shelter where Oliver has come to stay. The men in the shelter--one of whom is played by an actual homeless man, Jimmy Broadway, with a great theatrical presence--are by turns vindictive, lost, petty, and hopeful. Jared Harris in particular is excellent as Ray, one of the homeless men.
Nossiter does not let the viewer off easy with a stereotypical development of the relationship between Oliver and Madeleine.Read more ›
Then it was selected by Redford's Festival Sundance. It is serious drama, set in NY,and is gripping viewing.
I will view it a second time as it takes time to absorb.This is a film for those prepared to listen & absorb, rare today as it lacks cops, bombs & the seemingly popular violence on screen. Be brave, tackle it!
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Deeply disturbing. A portrait of a homeless man and disconnected woman separated from her husband. It's an improbable but deeply affecting passionate meeting that attempts to break... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kenneth Wolman
This movie is so enjoyable that I will watch it more than once! The acting by Suchet is nothing less than what one would expect of this exceedingly talented man. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Mary E
I find it interesting this film did so well at Sundance. Because of that fact, and because of who was in it, I just expected more. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Brook B. Petersen
Originality, superb writing, good direction, and acting leads David Suchet and Lisa Harrow are the reasons this very dissatisfying film earns five stars. Read morePublished on July 24, 2006 by Drake-by-the-Lake
I saw myself in this film of probable mistaken identity.
It is the story of a man who loses everything and ends up in a New York homeless shelter with people who are... Read more
Rather than detail the specifics of plot and character (other reviewers have done this quite well), I'd like to express my gratitude to director Jonathan Nossiter and his superb... Read morePublished on February 19, 2001 by bencharif