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Sunshine (1999)

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

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Gustave Sors
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István Sors
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Baron Margitta
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$84,869, 11 June 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,095,981, 4 February 2001
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Trivia

The venerable courtyard and house used as the Sonnenschein family home in the film is, in reality, the house where director István Szabó grew up. 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

Valerie: [talking to Ivan Sors] I left your grandfather once. I fell in love with another man. Your grandfather and I hadn't been getting along. He wasn't the sort of person I hoped he'd be. The other man was passionate, a wonderful lover. That is important, darling. He gave me an old medallion engraved with: "I love you."
Valerie: When your grandfather get in trouble with the Communists, I came back. You must try to find joy in your life.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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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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Holocaust Fatigue?
8 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Schindler's List was apparently enough for most film goers. "Sunshine," superior to "Schindler" in many respects, got fewer accolades and much less attention. Why do I think "Sunshine" is superior to "Schindler?" Primarily because it tells the story of the Holocaust through the lens of a single family whose pre-Holocaust history gives a dimension and depth to the tragedy of that family that "Schlinder" is incapable of providing because of its quite different narrative strategy and focus. To be sure, "Schindler's" narrative sweep affords a greater sense than "Sunshine" of the scope of the slaughter. But "Sunshine" stands in relation to "Schindler" as a novel stands to a work of history. One brings the insights offered by individual tragedies, the other brings more of a societal perspective. The best "Holocaust" film, however, remains in this viewer's opinion, "The Pawnbroker" with Rod Stieger, which had an even narrower focus than "Sunshine" and brought the horror of the Holocaust to life by exploring the emotional desolation/death suffered by a single survivor. A truly great film.


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