Sunflower (1970)
"I girasoli" (original title)

G  |   |  Drama, War  |  24 September 1970 (USA)
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An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia - like fifty thousand others during WWII.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lyudmila Saveleva ...
Mascia (as Ljudmila Saveljeva)
Galina Andreeva ...
Valentina, Soviet official
Anna Carena ...
Madre Antonio
Nadya Serednichenko ...
Contadina russa (as Nadja Cerednicenko)
Germano Longo ...
Glauco Onorato ...
Il reduce
Silvano Tranquilli ...
L'operaio italiano
Marisa Traversi ...
Donna stazione
Gunars Cilinskis ...
Funzionario russo (as Gunnar Zilinskij)
Giorgio Basso
Gianni Bortolotti
Umberto Di Grazia
Giuliano Girardi


At the end of World War II, Giovanna, a war bride living near Milan refuses to accept that her husband, Antonio, missing on the Russian front, is dead. There's a flashback to their brief courtship near her hometown of Naples, his 12-day leave to marry her, ruses to keep from deployment, and the ultimate farewell. Some years after the war, still with no word from Antonio, Giovanna goes to Russia to find him, starting in the town near the winter battle when he disappeared. Armed with his photograph, what will she find? Written by <>

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Sunflower  »

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According to the 'Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide', this was the first Italian film to be filmed mostly in Russia. See more »


Mascia tells Giovanna that when she found Antonio, he was hurt so badly that he had forgotten everything, including his own name. If that's true, then how did Mascia know his name was Antonio? See more »


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Una donna alla ricerca dell' amore perduto.
19 September 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

"I Girasoli" is certainly one of the best romantic stories in an honest and pure setting in Italy and Russia. It is a dramatic love story of Antonio and Giovana wanting to stay together in the war. The impossibility to hold on to the newly found and sweetest happiness becomes inevitable in the destructive war, where Anoinio is found half frozen by a Russian woman. The accent lies in finding love in warm sunny Italy and loosing this in the freezing cold war thousands of miles away. Although in this new other world there is love too, it is never the same as before. At the end the search for the lost love is completed and in vain when life has changed there lives irreversibly. Un impossibile ritorno al passato.

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