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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Solomon Levinsky
Nia Roberts ...
Gaenor Rees
Sue Jones-Davies ...
Gwen (as Sue Jones Davies)
William Thomas ...
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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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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Their tragedy was to fall in love.

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$301,754 (USA) (15 December 2000)
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Each scene was filmed twice; once in English then again in Welsh so that a Welsh language version of the film could also be released. See more »

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Welsh Gold
3 May 2002 | by (Bridgend, Wales) – See all my reviews

Being a Welshman, and one who lives in the locality where parts of this movie were filmed (I was lucky enough to be able to spend a couple of hours watching some of the filming in the village of Nantymoel, near my home), I guess I was always going to have a soft spot for this movie.

That aside, 'Solomon a Gaenor' is one of the few (if not only) film I've found that represents an accurate depiction of life in the coal mining valleys of South Wales - a hard, grim and pretty depressing time and place in many ways. The setting, story and performances (with Ioan Gruffudd and Nia Roberts outstanding in the lead roles) hits the nail squarely on the head and draw you into the bleak, harsh lives of the protagonists. The supporting performances are also top notch, with Maureen Lipman particularly impressive.

It was refreshing to see the native languages of the characters used throughout the film. I'm not a Welsh (or Yiddish!) speaker, but the added realism created by the use of these languages far outweigh the minor inconvenience of subtitles.

To answer a couple of points I've picked up from other Comments about this film on the site - firstly, the language is WELSH, not Gaelic. Secondly, there are variations of the Soundtrack available, with versions fully in Welsh and Yiddish (with English subtitles), and a more English based version.

This is not (thankfully) a movie that panders to base demands for a happy story, a happy ending or plenty of action. It is a very good, well made, well acted portrait of life in the valley's of South Wales in times past. Highly recommended for discerning movie goers.






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