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Sunday's Illness

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Slow-paced Spanish drama has drinking, mature themes.

Movie NR 2018 113 minutes
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The overall enjoyment of this drama is inevitably dependent on whether or not one likes slower-paced movies. Because, to put it into pretentious film school terms, Sunday's Illness makes Ingmar Bergman movies look like Michael Bay movies. There are times when this pacing serves the movie well. The estranged relationship between a mother and daughter has plenty of space to develop before the audience, and the actors have all the time they need to dig deep. But at other times, the pace is downright maddening. A simple short walk to the kitchen to get a glass of water feels like an eternity, overdone and unnecessary.

And yet, there are many beautiful images throughout the movie, the acting is unquestionably topnotch, and as the story unfolds, what emerges is a touching meditation on abandonment and reconciliation. It isn't for everybody, but for those in search of an alternative to the constant screaming, jolting, and overstimulation of the typical formulaic Hollywood movie, Sunday's Illness is a worthy choice.

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