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Mondays in the Sun(Los lunes al sol)

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Spain, France, Italy · 2002
Rated R · 1h 53m
Director Fernando León de Aranoa
Starring Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, Nieve de Medina, Enrique Villén
Genre Comedy, Drama

Following the closure of their shipyard in Northern Spain, a group of former shipbuilders deal with alcoholism, marital issues, and legal troubles. They spend their infinite free time drinking at a local bar and looking for work -- to no avail. The film follows the group of men as they struggle with the devastating effects of unemployment.

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Chicago Tribune by

The tired and washed-out Spanish town is a fitting backdrop for these men - a place where life moves on around them at an uninspiring pace.


Variety by Jonathan Holland

A tough-but-tender movie driven by perfectly modulated performances, an accomplished script and naturalistic dialogue, all at the service of an oft-told message about overcoming circumstances.


The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Fortunately, no one seems to have clued Bardem in on the game plan, and the fierceness and complexity he brings to his role nearly saves Mondays In The Sun.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Imagine "The Full Monty" without any of the feel-good uplift, and you'd be pretty close to capturing what this bitter -- and often bitterly funny -- film from Spain is all about.


Austin Chronicle by Kimberley Jones

Bardem injects a shaggy, compassionate humor throughout, aided by a wry and moving ensemble cast and co-writer/director Fernando León de Aranda's eye for the offbeat.


New York Post by Megan Lehmann

There's also enough laconic humor, warming camaraderie and hopeful stabs at dignity to keep the story from assuming the glum gunmetal gray of its setting on the coast of northwestern Spain.

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