Original Soundtrack

Mondays in the Sun [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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The soundtrack to this best foreign film nominee features gentle instrumentals, a trio of vocal tracks, and dialogue excerpts between several of the pieces. Mondays in the Sun was directed by Fernando León de Aranoa and stars Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls). It surprised many when it beat out Pedro Almodóvar's masterful Talk to Her as Spain's official Oscar entry. Though little-known in the U.S. at the time (it wasn't released here until 2003), the movie touched a chord in its native country with its sympathetic portrayal of unemployed dock workers, and garnered several Goyas prior to the Academy nod (it lost to Nowhere in Africa, while Almodóvar won for best original screenplay). Most of the brief, wistful instrumentals were composed by Lucio Godoy (Intacto) and feature acoustic guitar and melodica. The vocal selections include Charles Trenet's "La Mer" -- a defining hit for Bobby Darin when translated into English as "Beyond the Sea" -- "En el Azul del Cielo," featuring members of the cast, and Tom Waits' "On the Other Side of the World," from Jim Jarmusch's globe-trotting Night on Earth. An instrumental version of this song is also included.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Mondays in the Sun, film score (Los lunes al sol)
1 1:44
Los Lunes al Sol, screenplay
2 0:19
Mondays in the Sun, film score (Los lunes al sol)
3 2:00
Los Lunes al Sol, screenplay
4 0:34
5 3:57
Mondays in the Sun, film score (Los lunes al sol)
6 1:50
Los Lunes al Sol, screenplay
7 0:31
Mondays in the Sun, film score (Los lunes al sol)
8 1:25
Los Lunes al Sol, screenplay
9 0:14
Mondays in the Sun, film score (Los lunes al sol)
10 0:47
11 3:18
Los Lunes al Sol, screenplay
12 0:44
Mondays in the Sun, film score (Los lunes al sol)
13 1:05
14
2:00
Mondays in the Sun, film score (Los lunes al sol)
15 1:14
Los Lunes al Sol, screenplay
16 1:08
17 5:15
Mondays in the Sun, film score (Los lunes al sol)
18 2:24
Los Lunes al Sol, screenplay
19 0:39
Mondays in the Sun, film score (Los lunes al sol)
20 2:14
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