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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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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)

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

Gustave: I'll never forgive you, you know.
Valerie: For what?
Gustave: For marrying him instead of me.
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Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Danube
Composed by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Patrick Russ
Performed by Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (as Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchestra Berlin)
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This epic crowns the legendary career of Istvan Szabo
1 July 2000 | by (Cape Town, ZA) – See all my reviews

SUNSHINE, the latest epic from arguably Central Europe's greatest living director of his generation, crowns a distinguished career. Many details of his earlier work, including the Sonnenschein name for the Jewish family (from the name of the Hungarian Imperial Jewish Doctor in COLONEL REDL) are evident; particularly themes and period touches from his brilliant trilogy, MEPHISTO, COLONEL REDL, HANUSSEN). OK. So Klaus Maria is missing. He is really unique. But who better than the brilliant Ralph Fiennes (awarded the 1999 European Best Actor "Oscar" for this performance last December)as the lead "Sunshine" patriarch? Make that three "Sunshine/Sors/Sonnenschein" patriarchs, all with their own nuances, all very in tune with his period, and character. And who better to play the "Sunshine" matriarch than the recent Tony winner Jennifer Ehle, as the younger Matriarch, followed by her own (obviously look alike) mother, the great Rosemary Harris, as her older self? The film is full of masterful strokes like these. After an Oscar-qualifying run in late December, the film was just re-released (I saw it in New York ten days ago), and will be expanding throughout America soon. Don't miss this masterpiece on the big screen, where it can really be appreciated.


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