Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy Sunday

A woman between three men, a song that casts a treacherous spell, a love set in a murderous era. In pre-World War II Budapest, Gloomy Sunday is a romantic melodrama that evokes the haunting melody of the same name, fabled to have caused over one hundred suicides in the 1930s. Budapest in the thirties.

The restaurant owner Laszlo hires the pianist Andras to play in his restaurant. Both men fall in love with the beautiful waitress Ilona who inspires Andras to his only composition. His song of Gloomy Sunday is, at first, loved and then feared, for its melancholic melody triggers off a chain of suicides. The fragile balance of the erotic menage a trois is sent off kilter when the German Hans goes and falls in love with Ilona as well.

1999Rating: M, contains sex scenes108 minsGermany, Hungary
DramaRomanceWorld Cinema
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An exquisite German drama

One of my favourite foreign films. Glad to see they are still re-screening it!

5.0

One question

Very interesting movie, but I'm not smart enough to know - was Ilona's baby Szabo's?

4.0

Review

good entertaing flim, funny, sad but inspiring, well worth a trip to the movies

5.0

This is such a classic, gorgeous movie

In my opinion, this is one of the best dramas ever made. It has it all, atmosphere, great actors, great storyline and awesome photography and it is very moving. You still think about this movie, positively, days and days after you saw it.

5.0

Beautiful song...

I saw this movie five or six years ago at the Academy in Auckland, and it had already been playing for months and months then. It's crazy how long this has been playing for! I really enjoyed the movie and thought it had the best ending i had ever seen in a movie. I found the sub-plot of the Lazslo/Ilona/Andras romantic "accomodation" to be strange, but...

3.0

My review

This movie has been doing the rounds for well over a year now. Tells you something, people still talk about it. If you havent, get to it.

4.0

Review

Hey, its been running for a couple of years... it must be a classic. Fantastic music, great performances, a truely wonderful love story and, some Nazi's thrown in for a bit of spice.

4.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Odd, how affecting this imperfect film becomes. It's a broad romantic melodrama set in Budapest before and during the Holocaust, and that is not, you will agree, an ideal time to set a love story. And if it is true that the title song drove hundreds to commit suicide, some of them may have merely been very tired of hearing it.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Odd, how affecting this imperfect film becomes. It's a broad romantic melodrama set in Budapest before and during the Holocaust, and that is not, you will agree, an ideal time to set a love story. And if it is true that the title song drove hundreds to commit suicide, some of them may have merely been very tired of hearing it.

An exquisite German drama

One of my favourite foreign films. Glad to see they are still re-screening it!

5.0

One question

Very interesting movie, but I'm not smart enough to know - was Ilona's baby Szabo's?

4.0

Review

good entertaing flim, funny, sad but inspiring, well worth a trip to the movies

5.0

This is such a classic, gorgeous movie

In my opinion, this is one of the best dramas ever made. It has it all, atmosphere, great actors, great storyline and awesome photography and it is very moving. You still think about this movie, positively, days and days after you saw it.

5.0

Beautiful song...

I saw this movie five or six years ago at the Academy in Auckland, and it had already been playing for months and months then. It's crazy how long this has been playing for! I really enjoyed the movie and thought it had the best ending i had ever seen in a movie. I found the sub-plot of the Lazslo/Ilona/Andras romantic "accomodation" to be strange, but...

3.0

My review

This movie has been doing the rounds for well over a year now. Tells you something, people still talk about it. If you havent, get to it.

4.0

Review

Hey, its been running for a couple of years... it must be a classic. Fantastic music, great performances, a truely wonderful love story and, some Nazi's thrown in for a bit of spice.

4.0