A group of recently-laid-off Spanish dockworkers bide their time together in the local pub, opened and run by one of their former coworkers. The group is held together by the affable Santa (Bardem) who is the de facto leader and sometimes father-confessor.
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When they aren't watching football or drinking together, they spend Mondays in the sun, riding the ferry, soaking in rays while waiting for the elusive job interview or perhaps a winning lottery ticket. The men's lives are laid out in painful detail, from the tragic alcoholic to the life of one of the oldest men, who eventually elects to dye his hair and borrow his son's clothes in a sad effort to look younger on job interviews. Another compatriot, Jose (Tosar), feels cuckolded and impotent by the fact that his wife has taken a job at the cannery.
MONDAYS IN THE SUN honestly conveys the pain and emotion of these unemployed, seemingly trapped men.
The film was embraced by Spainish audiences. It was the Spanish entry for Oscar contention, beating out Pedro Almodovar's TALK TO HER. It won five Goya awards, which is the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar.
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