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Sunshine (1999)

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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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
James Frain ...
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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ignatz Sonnenschein: You are entering a new world where you will certainly be successful because you have knowledge. Study has always been our religious duty as jews. Our exclusion from society has given us an ability to adapt to others and to sense connections between things that seem diverse. But if you feel you have power, you are mistaken. If you feel you have the right to put yourself ahead of others because you think you know more than they do, you are wrong. Never allow yourself to be driven into the sin of ...
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Minden kislány
Written by Dénes Buday
Arranged by István Bergendy
Performed by Gábor Skerlecz, Szabolcs Ducsai, Attila Simon, Gábor Kollmann, Pál Járóka,
Béla Ferge
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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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