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Sunday

Overview

Writer-director Jonathan Nossiter's first feature film is a moody exploration of assaults upon, and shifts in, personal identity. The movie's action all takes place on a Sunday in a poor section of the New York City borough of Queens. Oliver David Suchet is a newly homeless middle-aged man who was downsized out of his job as a mid-level functionary at a computer corporation and lost his wife and family because of his employment troubles. Out walking in the borough, Oliver collides with Madeleine Vesey Lisa ...
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Overview

Writer-director Jonathan Nossiter's first feature film is a moody exploration of assaults upon, and shifts in, personal identity. The movie's action all takes place on a Sunday in a poor section of the New York City borough of Queens. Oliver David Suchet is a newly homeless middle-aged man who was downsized out of his job as a mid-level functionary at a computer corporation and lost his wife and family because of his employment troubles. Out walking in the borough, Oliver collides with Madeleine Vesey Lisa Harrow, an out-of-work British actress who is in the process of breaking up with her American husband, Ben Larry Pine. Madeleine mistakes Oliver for Matthew Delacorta, a famous film director, and Oliver goes along with the mistake, hoping that it will help him to escape his misery. Madeleine hopes that she can make an impression that will land her a film role, so she invites her new friend up to her apartment. When Oliver tells her his life story, she mistakes it for an invented movie plot because Madeleine lives her life in a fantasy world, pretending reality is a film. After the two lost souls have sex without emotion, Ben shows up. He tells Oliver that his recent open-heart surgery wounds were caused by a knife attack from Madeleine. Oliver leaves as the estranged couple argues, but he returns to retrieve his precious winter coat, and he becomes further entangled in the fantasy of a new identity. Sunday won the Grand Jury prize at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Michael Betzold
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The urban encounter between two lost souls always runs the risk of descending into maudlin observations about the essential loneliness of the human condition. Director Jonathan Nossiter and James Lasdun's script manages to avoid that trap, in part because it adds the elements of mistaken identity and wishful fantasy thinking to the mix. David Suchet, who reportedly gained 49 pounds to play the role of Oliver, a homeless former corporate manager, and Lisa Harrow, the estimable Australian actress who looks like she put on considerable weight to play Madeleine, the delusional actress, are not what you'd call the sleekest romantic pairing in screen history. But what the writers have concocted for them -- Oliver playing along with Madeleine's befuddlement to get some measure of comfort on a cold day in New York, Madeleine desperately reaching out to anyone who can pull her failing career together -- is absorbing material and well played. Less effective are the protracted sequences in the men's shelter where Oliver stays (the players are a mix of professional actors like Jared Harris and real homeless men) and Larry Pine's role as Ben, Madeleine's loony husband. The film's other strength is capturing the feel of its title day in a big bad cold city; for a man out of work and with no home, Sunday, says Oliver, is a day "when you get up in the morning you can't wait till it's time to go to bed."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/1999
  • UPC: 057373125472
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Source: EATON ENTERTAINMENT
  • Aspect Ratio: Priced for Rental Market
  • Presentation: Priced for Rental Market
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Suchet Oliver/Matthew
Lisa Harrow Madeleine Vesey
Jared Harris Ray
Larry Pine Ben Vesey
Joe Grifasi Scottie Elster
Arnold Barkus Andy
Bahman Soltani Abram
Willis Burks II Selwyn
Joe Sirola Subalowsky
Henry Hayward Sam
Kevin Thigpen David
Chen Tsun Kit
Yeong Joo Kim
Fran Capo
Spencer Paterson
Jimmy Broadway
Technical Credits
Jonathan Nossiter Director, Songwriter
Jed Alpert Executive Producer
Michael Barrow Cinematographer
Stephen Beatrice Art Director
Henry Buhl Executive Producer
Kara Cressman Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Fierberg Producer
Mali Finn Casting
John Foster Cinematographer
Madeleine Gavin Editor
Amy Hobby Producer
James Lasdun Screenwriter
Kathryn Nixon Costumes/Costume Designer
D.J. Paul Executive Producer
George Pezyos Executive Producer
Neil Riha Sound/Sound Designer
Deana Pini Sidney Production Designer
Jamie Silverstein Cinematographer
Laura Somers Asst. Director
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