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Sunshine (1999)

The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

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Ignatz Sonnenschein / Adam Sors / Ivan Sors
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Valerie Sors
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Valerie Sonnenschein
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Maj. Carole Kovács
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Hannah Wippler
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Gustave Sonnenschein
David de Keyser ...
Emmanuel Sonnenschein
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Gustave Sors
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Rose Sonnenschein
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Gen. Jakofalvy
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István Sors
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Minister of Justice
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Comrade Gen. Kope
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Baron Margitta
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Storyline

The film follows a Jewish family living in Hungary through three generations, rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage. Written by <gatsby@freemail.hu>

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En skæbnefortælling om tre generationer i kamp for at overleve. [Denmark] See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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14 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Taste of Sunshine  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$84,869 (USA) (9 June 2000)

Gross:

$5,095,981 (USA) (2 February 2001)
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Trivia

Jennifer Ehle, who plays Young Valerie, is the daughter of Rosemary Harris, who plays Older Valerie. See more »

Goofs

When Ivan and Carole have a brief talk on the banks of the Danube near the bridge, we see evening traffic on the quay at the opposite side of the river, with a considerable amount of cars passing by, headlights on. There would not have been this amount of traffic in Budapest in the 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Sors: [speaking to the graveside of Andor Knorr] Andor Knorr, one of your murderers has come to your grave, to say goodbye to you. I was your first interrogator, someone who you trained to defend the cause without mercy. We believed we were going to make the world better place for people, but, instead, we made it so much worse. As servants of power-hungry criminals, we became criminals. Our politicians lied to the people by saying they were doing good. And then the people lied to the politicians by ...
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Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Stalin Cantata
Written by A.V. Alexandrov, Iljuskin
Arranged by Frigyes Hidas, István Raics
Performed by Szabó Zsolt Orchestra and Choir
BM Szimfonikus Zenekar, Trikolore Kft
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An amazing historical portrait
3 September 2003 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

I enjoy European history a great deal, but when my European history class tried to find a good modern European history movie this year, all we could think of was a bunch of war movies. Obviously, there is a lot more to modern Europe than watching snipers creep around Stalingrad and other such things.

In "Sunshine," I found an answer to my search. It is undoubtedly the best historical portrait of Europe from the late 19th-mid 20th century that I have ever come across. It does an EXCELLENT job of showing the emotions and realities of the progressions of Europe during this time. Since it is in Hungary, we are exposed to monarchy, fascism, and communism, all of which are portrayed vividly.

As if the history was not enough, the movie is wonderful in other ways as well. Ralph Fiennes has the opportunity to showcase an amazing range of emotions and personalities in this movie, as he plays three different characters. It was also pure genius on the part of the movie staff to cast a real life mother and daughter to play the same woman at various stages of her life.

Great movie, I highly recommend it.


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