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Solomon & Gaenor (1999)

Solomon and Gaenor (original title)
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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

Director:

Paul Morrison

Writer:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Solomon Levinsky
Nia Roberts Nia Roberts ... Gaenor Rees
Sue Jones-Davies Sue Jones-Davies ... Gwen (as Sue Jones Davies)
William Thomas ... Idris Rees
Mark Lewis Jones ... Crad Rees
Maureen Lipman ... Rezl
David Horovitch ... Isaac
Bethan Ellis Owen Bethan Ellis Owen ... Bronwen
Adam Jenkins Adam Jenkins ... Thomas
Cyril Shaps ... Ephraim
Daniel Kaye Daniel Kaye ... Philip
Elliott Cantor Elliott Cantor ... Benjamin (as Elliot Cantor)
Steffan Rhodri Steffan Rhodri ... Noah Jones
Emyr Wyn Emyr Wyn ... Reverend Roberts
Julian Lewis Jones ... 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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welsh | riot | jewish | jew | wales | See All (116) »

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Their tragedy was to fall in love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

S4C | Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Welsh | Yiddish

Release Date:

30 April 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Solomon & Gaenor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,274, 27 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$301,754, 17 December 2000
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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It's a fantastic film; powerful, beautiful and poignant.
4 November 2002 | by Steve LSee all my reviews

The first time I saw it was in my home county of Dorset, in the gaslit, old world atmosphere of the Rex Cinema at Wareham (a must for all visitors to Dorset!)

The movie was so completely absorbing that I slowly became aware of my surroundings when it finished, looking around and wondering where in the world I could be! Of course, I naturally thought I was in Wales, and it took a few minutes of mental effort to think of ...Dorset, and the Rex ...and Wareham - oh yes, I remember those places ... that's where I come from, isn't it.

The shame is that it has never had general release in its home country, and is not available in PAL 2 DVD.

It's a fantastic film; beautiful and poignant. The acting is great, especially Gaenor, who has the perhaps the most powerful role.


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