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2001: men without jobs, in the port city of Vigo. Six men worked in a shipyard, now shuttered. They pass the time at La Naval, a bar opened by one of them after the yard closed. They face their futures in makeshift ways: Rico has his bar and a sharp 15-year-old daughter, Reina has become a watchman and a moralizer, Lino fills out job applications, Amador drinks heavily and talks of his wife's return; José is married to Ana, who works at a cannery and tires of being the breadwinner amidst José's emasculated moodiness; Santa, the group's conscience and troublemaker, occasionally fantasizes about Australia. In truth, all are joined like Siamese twins, adrift. Written by
"Mondays in the Sun" speaks boldly, loudly, and honestly albeit narrowly about the plaintive existence of a group jobless Spanish shipyard workers. What this study of working class men lacks in depth of story it makes up for in depth of character as it moves methodically through bitter, sweet, poignant, and humorous moments with sincerity, honesty, and drenched in masculinity. With high marks from public and critical corners alike, "Mondays in the Sun" will be time well spent for most. (B+)
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