Shortly after WWII an American soldier (Norman) and a Polish refugee (Emilia) fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to USA and both expect that she will soon follow him. Emilia's ... See full summary »
Shortly after WWII an American soldier (Norman) and a Polish refugee (Emilia) fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to USA and both expect that she will soon follow him. Emilia's mother is sick but would recover by available medicine. Somehow the mother but not Emilia knows that there will only be one ticket. Realising that Emilia would never abandon her, the mother secretly throws away the daily doses given her by Emilia - and dies. Somehow Emilia discovers her mother's sacrifice and refuses to benefit from it. She gives the ticket to a female friend and retreats to a cloister, living like the nuns except not wearing their dress and not having given a promise to stay forever. For decades she will apparently live in peace. Then a nun tells her that Norman has died and has bequeathed his fortune to Emilia. The nun suggests that Emilia gives the money to the cloister. But from that moment Emilia's religious devotion flies away. She only thinks of going as speedily as possible to ... Written by
Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden
"The Year of the Quiet Sun" tells of the love which blooms with considerable difficulty between an American GI and a Polish woman in postWWII Poland(?). Unlike most war romance flicks where people virtually collide with each other driven by the stark desperation and deprivation of war, this film has the pair of protags (Wilson & Komorowska) spending most of the film's almost 2 hour run tentatively sorting through their pain and suffering to find feelings they can trust to be real. There's little doubt this is an excellent film. However, it is as depressingly barren as the ravaged landscape it occupies and for many will prove to be too real to be enjoyable. Not an escapist film, "...Quiet Sun" is for realists only. In multiple languages with subtitles. (B+)
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