Mondays in the Sun

Mondays in the Sun

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa Cast: Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, José Ángel Egido

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Set in the Spanish port city of Vigo, Fernando León de Aranoa's Mondays in the Sun is a touching drama about a group of working-class men who find themselves suddenly unemployed and unwanted in their middle age. Laid off from the local shipyard, the men spend their days at the town bar, where they reminisce, philosophize, and commiserate about their current state. Gruff Santa (a bearded Javier Bardem) puts up a tough front, refusing to sink into self-pity, and occasionally pricking his friends' hopes. Morose José (Luis Tosar) openly worries about his wife, whom he fears might leave him. That seems to have been the fate of Amador (Celso Bugallo), the oldest of the bunch, who keeps reassuring everyone that his wife will be back any day now from her trip. Meanwhile, Lino (José Ángel Egido) refuses to give up hope of employment, going to interview after interview for jobs being offered to applicants half his age. Presiding over the glum bunch is Rico (Joaquín Climent), the bar owner and the men's co-worker from the shipyard days. Despite its depressing subject and downbeat mood, Mondays in the Sun was a big winner at the 2003 Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Oscars, winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Bardem. The film was also Spain's surprise representative for the 2003 Oscars' Foreign Language film category, nabbing the distinction over Pedro Almodóvar's critically lauded Talk to Her. ~ Elbert Ventura

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2008
UPC: 0031398102052
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:53:00

Special Features

Audio commentary by Fernando León de Aranoa and Javier Bardem; Deleted scenes; "Making of" featurette; Storyboard-to-scene comparisons

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Javier Bardem Santa
Luis Tosar Jose
José Ángel Egido Lino
Nieve De Medina Ana
Tejada Enrique Villen Reina
Celso Bugallo Amador
Joaquín Climent Rico
Aida Folch Nata
Serge Riaboukine Sergei
Laura Dominguez Angela

Technical Credits
Fernando León de Aranoa Director,Screenwriter
Nacho Ruiz Capillas Editor
Julio Esteban Art Director
Lucio Godoy Score Composer
Pierre Lorrain Sound/Sound Designer
Alfredo Mayo Cinematographer
Ignacio del Moral Screenwriter
Andrea Occhipinti Producer
Elias Querejeta Producer
Jaume Roures Producer
Jerome Vidal Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mondays in the Sun
1. The Ferry's Departing [7:48]
2. They Might Call [3:16]
3. The Antipodes [8:49]
4. Bubbles [2:10]
5. Rooftop Seats [3:54]
6. The Uniform [5:39]
7. Babysitting [4:34]
8. The Grasshopper and the Ant [7:16]
9. Like a Mermaid [6:51]
10. Job Seekers [7:21]
11. Let Him Be [3:48]
12. No Ticket [6:45]
13. Color Correction [4:17]
14. Paying Dues [1:19]
15. The Shipyard [5:06]
16. It's Normal [6:55]
17. Have to Talk [4:30]
18. Saying Goodbye [3:44]
19. Like Siamese Twins [8:14]
20. Joy Ride [4:30]

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