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A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984)

Rok spokojnego slonca (original title)
Shortly after World War II an American soldier (Norman) and a Polish refugee (Emilia) fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to the U.S. and both expect that she will soon follow him.... See full summary »

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Krzysztof Zanussi
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maja Komorowska ... Emilia
Scott Wilson ... Norman
Hanna Skarzanka ... Emilia's Mother
Ewa Dalkowska ... Stella
Vadim Glowna ... Herman
Danny Webb ... David (as Daniel Webb)
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz ... Szary
Tadeusz Bradecki ... Interpreter
Jerzy Nowak ... English Doctor
Jerzy Stuhr ... Adzio
Halina Slonicka Halina Slonicka ... Singer
Wieslaw Michnikowski ... Priest
Miroslaw Gaweda Miroslaw Gaweda
Halina Labonarska ... Nun
Zofia Rysiówna ... Interpreter
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Storyline

Shortly after World War II an American soldier (Norman) and a Polish refugee (Emilia) fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to the U.S. and both expect that she will soon follow him. Emilia's mother is sick, but would recover by available medicine. Somehow the mother, but not Emilia, knows that there will only be one ticket. Realizing that Emilia would never abandon her, the mother secretly throws away the daily doses given her by Emilia, and dies. Somehow Emilia discovers her mother's sacrifice and refuses to benefit from it. She gives the ticket to a female friend and retreats to a cloister, living like the nuns except not wearing their dress and not having given a promise to stay forever. For decades she will apparently live in peace. Then a nun tells her that Norman has died and has bequeathed his fortune to Emilia. The nun suggests that Emilia gives the money to the cloister. But from that moment Emilia's religious devotion flies away. She only thinks of going as speedily ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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No matter what you've lived trough or what you've lost.. love is possible.

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

Poland | Italy | West Germany

Language:

English | Polish

Release Date:

25 February 1985 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

El año del sol quieto See more »

Filming Locations:

Torun, Poland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Reality bites
4 August 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Year of the Quiet Sun" tells of the love which blooms with considerable difficulty between an American GI and a Polish woman in postWWII Poland(?). Unlike most war romance flicks where people virtually collide with each other driven by the stark desperation and deprivation of war, this film has the pair of protags (Wilson & Komorowska) spending most of the film's almost 2 hour run tentatively sorting through their pain and suffering to find feelings they can trust to be real. There's little doubt this is an excellent film. However, it is as depressingly barren as the ravaged landscape it occupies and for many will prove to be too real to be enjoyable. Not an escapist film, "...Quiet Sun" is for realists only. In multiple languages with subtitles. (B+)


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