‘Monday’ assessment: Sebastian Stan stars in reality-check romance

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A warning: The packed dance flooring swirling in neon lights and/or sea breezes in Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ “Monday” might trigger within the viewer an uncontrollable craving to be in shut proximity to many unusual, sweaty our bodies, fueled by disco beats and all method of mysterious substances. That is the setting for the meet-cute of two American expats in Greece, Chloe (Denise Gough) and Mickey (Sebastian Stan), shoved collectively by their mutual good friend Argyris (Giorgos Pyrpasopoulos). It goes so nicely that they get up nude on a seashore as households splash round them within the morning gentle.

“Monday” is a riff on Richard Linklater’s “Earlier than Dawn” (and its sequels), and Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend,” movies during which romance blossoms for a mere second in time. Fairly than temporally containing this relationship, Papadimitropoulos and co-writer Rob Hayes speculate on the inevitable actuality examine after a hedonistic lengthy weekend and impulsive romantic choice. It’s not simply the one Friday after they meet, however the remainder of the Fridays they spend collectively: the Friday she strikes into his Athens condominium, the Friday they attend a good friend’s wedding ceremony, depressing and drunk, the Friday earlier than his son comes to go to. With every Friday, an increasing number of of who they’re, and their lives earlier than they collided on the dance ground, is revealed, for higher or for worse, as they maintain pushing that metaphorical Monday down the highway.

There’s an intense physicality on display in “Monday,” from the sunlit sway of Hristos Karamanis’ digital camera, to the athletic, fiery performances of Gough and Stan. On this relationship, these two are uncovered emotionally, spiritually and bodily, assembly each combat and frolic at full bore. Throughout their first weekend, Mickey tells Chloe, “You don’t remorse the stuff you do, you remorse the stuff you don’t do.” There’s not a lot these two don’t do, however the regrets arrive, however, identical to Monday all the time does.

This sincere examination of a passionate, disastrous, grownup relationship, would possibly really feel like a warning itself. Papadimitropoulos doesn’t provide straightforward solutions, however what “Monday” brings is one thing tangibly actual and profoundly human.


In English and Greek with English subtitles

Rated: R, for sexual content material, nudity/graphic nudity, drug use, and pervasive language

Working time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Enjoying: Begins April 16, Laemmle Royal, West L.A.; Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena; and in restricted launch the place theaters are open; additionally on digital and VOD

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