“Sunday’s Illness”

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

A Netflix release.  Director, Ramón Salazar, reflects on the movie’s title.  “I remember when I was eight years old, I deeply hated the feeling I got on Sunday afternoons.  That moment when the sun goes down and all you can do is wait for Monday to arrive.  It was incredibly distressing for me. I was invaded by unease, which went away once Monday came. I would face Monday with strength and hope that Friday would arrive as soon as possible.”

When Anabel, a sophisticated diplomat’s wife, hosts a charitable fundraiser, she comes face to face with one of the waitstaff,  her 43 year old daughter Chiara, who she abandoned 35 years prior.  There is a long pause in the film as Anabel and Chiara glance at one another from across a long banquet table with gazes of uncertainty and certainty, curiosity and disbelief.

Reunited, Chiara, proposes a strange request for her biological mother. She asks that her mother spend 10 days with her at her farmhouse in the country.  Due to the class differences, Anabel’s family is concerned for her safety, and forces Chiara to sign legal documents stating that she will never ask for anything else in the future. Chiara signs the document without any hesitation or review.  Skeptical, Anabel, agrees to the proposition, and with reservations is dropped off in the picturesque country setting.  Gradually, as the two spend time getting to know one other, Chiara, helps Anabel shed her pretension and upscale attire, for a more relaxed attitude, and jeans and sneakers. The two slowly begin to make up for lost time, however, Chiara has a deeper ulterior motive to their visit other than bonding and getting to know one another better.

Stars Barbara Lennie and Susi Sanchez.

A Netflix release.

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