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Solomon & Gaenor (1999)

Solomon and Gaenor (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 30 April 1999 (UK)
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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Nia Roberts ...
Gaenor Rees
Sue Jones-Davies ...
Gwen (as Sue Jones Davies)
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Idris Rees
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Rezl
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Isaac
Bethan Ellis Owen ...
Bronwen
Adam Jenkins ...
Thomas
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Ephraim
Daniel Kaye ...
Philip
Elliott Cantor ...
Benjamin (as Elliot Cantor)
Steffan Rhodri ...
Noah Jones
Emyr Wyn ...
Reverend Roberts
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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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Rated R for sexuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$19,274 (USA) (27 August 2000)

Gross:

$301,754 (USA) (17 December 2000)
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Official submission of the United Kingdom for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 72th Academy Awards in 2000. See more »

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Solomon Levinsky: You pray to your God. And I'll pray to mine.
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A spellbinding tale of lovers who broke the rules
24 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this poignant film after a week of slogging through the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and was happy to relax with a quiet simple story. Instead I found a riveting tragedy of a young couple in falling in love, and by doing so, breaking the rigid rules that held their different social orders together. The setting was South Wales in 1911, a turbulent time of changing social order. These was not the happy singing miners of "How Green Was my Valley", you knew that these miners had a desperately hard life.

Gaenor belonged to a proud chapel-going Welsh mining family holding together through hard times and strikes. Sundays were spent in the chapel where they accepted being publicly chastised for their transgressions.

Solomon was a Russian Jewish peddler whose family had fled persecution in Europe. When things got tough for the miners they would take it out on the small Jewish shopkeepers. The misalliance threatened and was unacceptable to both groups, who depended on sticking together for their survival. What was seen by the families as fleeting young love, was actually something much deeper and lasting, which ultimately led to tragedy.

Everyone in the film was well cast, especially Ioan Gruffudd who was excellent in the role of Solomon.






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