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



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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ignatz Sonnenschein / Adam Sors / Ivan Sors
Valerie Sors
Valerie Sonnenschein
Maj. Carole Kovács
Hannah Wippler
Gustave Sonnenschein
David de Keyser ...
Emmanuel Sonnenschein
Gustave Sors
Rose Sonnenschein
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Gen. Jakofalvy
István Sors
Minister of Justice
Comrade Gen. Kope
Baron Margitta


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 <>

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In a time of revolution, in a family torn by tradition, one man was consumed by love. See more »


Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

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)


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

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Did You Know?


The character of Adam Sonnenschein/Sors (played by Ralph Fiennes) draws heavily upon the life and death of two great Hungarian Jewish sabreurs, Attila Petschauer and Endre Kabos (winner of Olympic Gold in Sabre at the 1936 Berlin Games). Tragically, neither survived World War II and the Holocaust. See more »


When fencing for the gold medal, Adam Sors' opponent has his foot way across the line at the start. This would never be allowed at the Olympics. See more »


Emmanuel Sonnenschein: [groans] There's too much salt in this soup.
Valerie: Then the cook must be in love.
Gustave: You must have made the soup then.
Valerie: What do you mean by that, Gustave?
Gustave: You and Ignatz kissing in the museum garden yesterday, and Tuesday
Ignatz Sonnenschein: Have you gone mad?
Rose Sonnenschein: [Crying]
Emmanuel Sonnenschein: Please don't cry, Rose. I beg you
[talking to Ignatz]
Emmanuel Sonnenschein: Come with me, now.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


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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One Hundred Years of Sunshine
11 October 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

This historical epic/family drama from the master of Hungarian cinema, Istvan Szabo (Mephisto, 1981; Being Julia, 2004) is a wonderful and memorable film that has been overlooked, underrated and sadly under-seen.

This is a moving and always engrossing drama about one Jewish-Hungarian family that rises and falls throughout the 20th century. Ralph Fiennes is outstanding as the grandfather, the father and the grandson. All three - complex and tragic characters, victims of their times, politics and wars. I think it was a brilliant idea to cast one actor as a face of three generations of one family. If ever anyone attempts to adapt Marquez's "One Hundreds Years of Solitude", that's how it should be done, IMO.

"Sunshine" is three hours long but never for a minute had I felt it was too long or it was losing its power. It is a serious, thought-provoking film which is also a superb work of art.


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