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With: Erika Marozsán, Joachim Król, Stefano Dionisi, Ben Becker, Sebastian Koch
Written by: Rolf Schübel, Ruth Toma, based on the novel by Nick Barkow
Directed by: Rolf Schübel
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: German with English subtitles
Running Time: 114
Date: 03/18/2013

Gloomy Sunday (2003)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Buddy 'Sunday'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Based loosely around a real song, this fictional historical romance charts a painful three-way love affair between an enchanting Hungarian waitress (Erika Marozsán), an older restaurant owner (Joachim Król) and a humble piano player (Stefano Dionisi) who works there. Both men love her and she doesn't want to give either of them up. The piano player writes "Gloomy Sunday," which becomes a worldwide hit (Billie Holiday recorded it in real life) and causes people to commit suicide. A third man (Ben Becker) loves the waitress as well, but he runs off to become a Nazi after she rejects his quickie marriage proposal. The trio's imperfect love affair is shattered when the Nazis begin to invade Hungary. This strange movie, made in 1999 by Rolf Schübel, has a hard time balancing all these elements, but the film's enormous passion overcomes its more obvious melodrama.

DVD Details: Warner Home Video's 2006 DVD comes with no extras.

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