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March 13, 2006 | by  | in Film |
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Gloomy Sunday

Lets just clear a few things up: isn’t Gloomy Sunday a film about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. OK?

Why not at all, dimwit, they are as different as leprechauns and lederhosen. However, you will find that Gloomy Sunday is at least as equally morose as it’s bloody Irish counterpart.

Based on a novel by Nick Barkow, Gloomy Sunday is set in Hungary, around 1940. The story deals largely with restaurateur Laszlo Szabo (Joachim Król), his head waitress and sometimes lover Ilona Varnai (Erika Marozsán), erstwhile house pianist Andras Aradi (Stefano Dionisi), German punter Hans Wieck (Ben Becker), and the hopeless infatuation all three men have for Ilona.

‘Gloomy Sunday’ is the name Andras gives to the song he composes for the object of his fascination. Despite the odds, Laszlo helps him with a recording deal, bringing both Andras and the restaurant a certain amount of fame and fortune. The three of them also managing to form an amicable little love triangle. Poor Hans is left out until he returns from Germany once again- this time complete with swastika- and our happy little triangle is scrambled into a tangled mess.

Despite the sceptical nature of many of us with any doubt as to the realism of two guys sharing one chick and another prowling around on the outskirts, the can be disregarded when you take into account the sincerity of the acting, plus how hot Erika Marozsán looks, both naked and in period dress.

Other highlights of this film for me are the characters: Laszlo, the perennial nice guy, and Hans, whose motives are never quite revealed until the end,are highly enjoyable to watch.

Good dialogue and clever camerawork combine with a very capable storyline to make this film an excellent watch. Advisable for days when you’re feeling especially sophisticated and can cope with the extra reading of subtitles or if you’re looking for a suitable soundtrack to accompany your mental descent.

Directed by Rolf Schübel

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