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  • Summary: This story of a group of men searching to maintain their personal dignity is based on the true story of ninety shipyard workers laid off in the gritty north of Spain when the local dockyard closes.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. A triumph of quiet realism, a piece of sophisticated, subtle filmmaking that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.
  2. The performances are relaxed. The open-ended, vignette-like structure of the filmmaking sometimes imitates the movement of weary, life-worn men nursing liquor.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    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.
  5. Tinged with sadness, and despite overstaying its welcome a wee bit, remains an anthem of insurrection, melding its political and humanistic truths into an almost dreamily subversive film tinged with humor and some small hope.
  6. Neorealism it ain't, but if you have a sufficiently long attention span, there are moments of laugh-out-loud absurdity that are worth the price of admission.
  7. Midway, Mondays in the Sun becomes as dull as a day with nothing to do.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. AaronS.
    Jul 19, 2006
    10
    wow. some moments of powerful dialogue, impeccably acted. yes, it's restrained.

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