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Sundance Film Review: ‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’

22 January 2016 4:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The scent of Southern climbing roses mingles with the ugly acridity of small-town racial prejudice in “Sophie and the Rising Sun,” a safe, gentle-hearted romantic drama that succeeds most winningly as a study of resilient female fellowship. Writer-director Maggie Greenwald’s first adult-oriented feature since 2001’s “Songcatcher” amply exhibits the quiet virtues of feminist empathy and lyricism that have made her voice a much-missed one on the U.S. independent scene, but this WWII-set story of a sensitive woman (Julianne Nicholson) vilified by her community for befriending a non-white outsider nonetheless falls quite far from “Far From Heaven,” hampered by some broad-brush scripting and an unpersuasive dynamic between its onscreen lovers. Flavorful performances — particularly from Margo Martindale and Lorraine Toussaint as the heroine’s uncertain allies — are notable compensation in a film that deserves to connect with older, underserved female viewers.

Augusta Trebaugh’s novel of the same title was published, »

- Guy Lodge

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