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Solomon & Gaenor (1999)

Solomon and Gaenor (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 30 April 1999 (UK)
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A tragic love story between a Jewish young man and a Welsh woman in the beginning of the century. The movie is mostly in English with parts in Welsh and Yiddish

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Solomon Levinsky
Nia Roberts ...
Gaenor Rees
Sue Jones-Davies ...
Gwen (as Sue Jones Davies)
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Idris Rees
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Crad Rees
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Rezl
David Horovitch ...
Isaac
Bethan Ellis Owen ...
Bronwen
Adam Jenkins ...
Thomas
Cyril Shaps ...
Ephraim
Daniel Kaye ...
Philip
Elliott Cantor ...
Benjamin (as Elliot Cantor)
Steffan Rhodri ...
Noah Jones
Emyr Wyn ...
Reverend Roberts
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Wyn
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Storyline

A young Jew in 1911 Wales tries to make his living by selling fabrics door to door, but to do so he must hide his nationality. On one of his sales he meets and falls in love with a demure young woman with a strong-willed father and a Jew-hating brother. The two fall in love and she becomes pregnant, but only then does she learn of his ethnic background. When anti-Jewish riots break out, the two are forced to flee and become separated. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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love | welsh | riot | jewish | jew | See All (115) »

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Their tragedy was to fall in love.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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30 April 1999 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,274 (USA) (25 August 2000)

Gross:

$301,754 (USA) (15 December 2000)
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Trivia

Rabbi Daniel Levy (who plays Rabbi Wolfe) is an Orthodox Rabbi, and at the time was the Rabbi of the Orthodox Synagogue in Cardiff. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Solomon Levinsky: [to Crad] Where is Gaenor?
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Is this an English or a Welsh film???
14 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being Welsh, and being able to speak the language, I was particularly drawn to this film. This film is also part of the A level syllabus which is taught on Welsh courses, and even for Welsh learners. I see that many people have commented on the content of the film, and the effects of the love story in general. I would like to comment on the 'language' ethic of the film. As the film is trilingual, we notice it immediately raises a cultural conflict. However, most people have found that the film was shot in Welsh and English for the purposes of 'Welsh' audiences. I watched the Welsh version the other day, and it just doesn't make sense. To me, each culture is represented by the language that's spoken, be it Welsh, English and Yiddish. I see English as particularly symbolic as it provides a bridge between the Welsh/ Yiddish culture, which is embodied by Solomon and Gaenor. Why then, is it necessary to have a Welsh version where Solomon can coincidentally speak Welsh with a wonderful accent?? I was very confused by this. I think the English version should remain as it is, as this is the true purpose of the film- to present a story of forbidden love within the diversity of culture. English is a very important part of the film, and to record a Welsh version of it just seems pointless to the meaning of the story. I have every intention of thinking of this as a Welsh film, but that small difference has made a difference to its whole intention. Apart from this, the English version provided us with excellent acting, a wonderful score and a meaningful portrayal of love an Wales.


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