Gloomy Sunday (Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod)
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Gloomy Sunday (Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod)
Rolf Schuebel makes his directorial debut with this subtly-told true story about one the 1930s' most memorable melodies. Set just prior to WWII, the film focuses on Hungarian beauty Ilona (Erika Marozsan) and her significant other Laszlo Szabo (Joachim Krol), a dapper owner of Budapest's finest restaurant. Though Ilona is known for her prowess on the piano, the two decide to hire a professional as the finishing touch on their classy establishment. They hire Andras (Stefano Dionisi), a taciturn man with a certain mysterious charm. Meanwhile, regular customer and German businessman Hans… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's intelligent, well-acted and beautifully photographed."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"It's a stirring and provocative affirmation of the power and resilience of love."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"With the Hungarian song "Gloomy Sunday" as its thematic centerpiece, this personalized story of Budapest during World War II becomes a satisfying romantic drama about four divergently different people."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Like many European films, GLOOMY SUNDAY has crisp cinematography and gorgeous production design, not to mention that hauntingly melancholic titular tune. The principal actors, for the most part, are attractive and talented. The movie apes the traditi"
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"A smoothly crafted, intermittently charming film . . . the dips and turns are predictable and the tense scenes surrounding unhinged or scheming Nazis have been done before."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Its old-fashioned romanticism is heady, and the relationships among the characters are intriguing."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Gloomy Sunday has a mood and a magic about it that elicit emotion from the beginning and make an audience follow it down its curving and melancholy path."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Undoubtedly deserves to be added to the ranks of the best Holocaust films ever made."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"This strange movie has a hard time balancing all these elements, but the film's enormous passion overcomes its more obvious melodrama."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's a film worth seeking out, a good fit for a rainy Saturday or any other less-than-bright day of the week."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"It has enough opulent, oversized romanticism to make it a guilty pleasure, not to mention three attractive and appealing characters and, of course, that song."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Oddly enough, the film itself is lushly engaging, even if it covers some of the same ground as The Pianist with less artistry and more melodrama."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's old-fashioned, sometimes accomplished, syrupy and, at its intermittent best, absorbing."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"It's hard to say which is more ravishing and alluring in the movie, Ms. Marozsan or the celebrated song."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This is the kind of material you expect to find in a Lifetime cable-channel movie."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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