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When the Party’s Over: A TIFF Review of ‘Monday’

September 11, 2020Ben MK

When it comes to romantic relationships, we can sometimes become so fixated on seeking out those perfect qualities in a partner that we fail to notice the faults within ourselves. But what happens when those faults become so glaring that they can no longer be ignored?

In Argyris Papadimitropoulos' romantic drama Monday, that's precisely the situation facing Mickey (Sebastian Stan), a DJ from New York, and Chloe (Denise Gough), a freelance immigration lawyer from Ohio. Each struggling with their own emotional baggage, these two 30-something Americans looking to find themselves in Greece suddenly find themselves sharing an apartment after a passionate and unexpected encounter one Friday night. But when reality begins to set in and the initial infatuation begins to fade, can this couple learn to compromise and stay together — or will their own selfish and self-destructive tendencies inevitably tear them apart?

A look at the complications that can arise in relationships, Monday doesn't add anything new to the genre; but it's still a well-acted reminder that we must first learn to love ourselves before we can try loving someone else.

Monday screens under the TIFF Industry Selects programme at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 56 min.

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