Sunday
R
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -3

Nine of the ten homeless men living in a Queens, New York shelter appear to live there by choice. But middle-aged, meticulous, and well-spoken Oliver (David Suchet) is an obvious misfit in his brown suit and tie, making him the brunt of snide remarks. The others call Oliver the "Lysol King" because he always sprays the filthy sink and toilet before using them. On a bitterly cold Sunday morning, Oliver wanders aimlessly, when an attractive woman calls out to him. Madeleine (Linda Harrow) has mistaken him for Matthew, a film director she knew many years ago. Hungry for companionship, Oliver pretends to be Matthew. They spend the day together, and even become romantically involved. Madeleine has a family -- a daughter and an estranged husband who appear at the most inopportune moments. As the day progresses, Oliver's tragic circumstances are slowly revealed. SUNDAY has won top awards at film festivals, but its distribution is limited to art theaters. Those who do see it, however, will remember this haunting portrait of homelessness for a long time.

SUNDAY is not rated, but its language, sex and nudity qualify it for an "R" rating. Madeleine aggressively pursues Oliver, takes him home, plies him with wine and seduces him on the stairs in a graphic sex scene with brief male frontal nudity. When Madeleine's husband bursts through the front door soon afterward, he takes great delight in telling Oliver that Madeleine sometimes becomes violent. Sex is implied after a shower scene with breast nudity and a side view of Oliver and Madeleine passionately embracing. Later she is shown lying on a bed stark naked. At the shelter, one of the men drops his towel briefly as he steps out of the shower. Added to this are 35 obscenities and 12 profanities. Still, the film has some positive messages. The destitute man maintains his dignity in the midst of disgusting living conditions and refuses to seek Madeleine's pity even when he is locked out of the shelter. Although he is Jewish, he wanders into a Catholic church, takes communion and feels comforted. Let's hope other lost souls, like this one, learn to ask for God's help.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Cinepix Film Properties, 3600 Boulevard Thimens, St. Laurent, Quebec H4R 1V6

Summary
Crude Language: Many (7) times - All Moderate
Obscene Language: Many (35) times - f-word 21, s-word 8, other 6
Profanity: Many (12) times - regular (G-d 1, J-C 1, C 4, C-sake 3, swear to God 1, thank God 1, slang for Jesus 1)
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: Once (couple on stairs, with brief male frontal nudity) implied once (nude couple kissing passionately)
Nudity: Several times (frontal male as towel falls; male frontal after sex scene; female breast nudity few times and full frontal female once; side view of nude couple once)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Passionate kissing leads to sex.
Drug Abuse: Wine drinking
Other: Jewish man finds comfort in Catholic worship service.
Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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