Argyris Papadimitropoulo’s simple romance Monday is flush with authentic emotion and boosted by dynamic performances from Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough.
A whirlwind summer romance between two Americans in Athens, Greece is played out over numerous weekends in a year, representing the rollercoaster of highs and lows in any relationship. The chemistry between Stan and Gough is palpable, the two actors bringing heart and convincing emotion to each scene, the good and the bad. Aided by a streamlined story that gives the actors a lot of time to breathe, Monday never really takes off, but that’s not a bad thing. The film remains even from start to finish, always bringing the viewer in as the relationship blossoms and hits the expected speed-bumps. Throw in the two leads having quite a lot of sex, Stan’s butt being visible in a lot of the film, and his frontal region on full display at one point and Monday has something for everyone.
Monday boasts a terrific soundtrack complete with scores that are complimentary to each of their scenes. The soundtrack serves as a platform for the actors to absolutely do their thing, each unpacking their characters and exposing substantial complication and depth, Stan especially. Ultimately this is not a perfect film nor is the romance depicted, though that’s one of the points Monday is making: love isn’t perfect. But man, it is enthralling, as is Monday.
Monday is now playing in select theaters and available on VOD/on demand.
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