Gloomy Sunday

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Released 1999

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Gloomy Sunday

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Released:
1999
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Gloomy Sunday is set in Budapest during World War II. Laszlo (Joachi Krol) hires a new pianist, Andras (Stefano Dionisi), for his Restaurant Szabo eatery. However, he may well regret this decision as Andras becomes a romantic rival for beautiful waitress Ilona (Erika Marozsan). As conflict builds and their fragile love triangle becomes more and more volatile, Andras is inspired to write the song Gloomy Sunday. This dark melody drives some of those who listen to it to suicide. On top of that, a German industrialist, Hans Wieck (Ben Becker) also develops an interest in Ilona. He attempts suicide after she turns him down, but Laszlo saves his life. When he returns several years later, it is with the Nazi occupation, as a ranking member of the party. What does he do about the fact that Laszlo is a Jew? The movie mixes history and fiction (Gloomy Sunday is a real song, although it was not written by a man named Andras).moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A beautiful period piece, set against one of the world's glorious cities, adding poignancy. Twists and turns heighten a gradually accruing effect, building to a risky moment of tru...

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    The iconic '30s song "Gloomy Sunday" gets a distinctive celluloid setting in this well-played, cleverly scripted pic in which music and character are inextricably combined.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The story is so schematically histrionic that the bringing in of the Holocaust late in the day feels exploitative and unearned. Gloomy Sunday is an oddity that takes itself much to...

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Drama

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Foreign Language, Love & Romance