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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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Drama | Romance

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$301,754 (USA) (17 December 2000)
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Ioan Gruffudd learned Yiddish for the movie. See more »

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Solomon Levinsky: Where is Gaenor?
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A perfect little gem of a film
9 January 2000 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

SOLOMON AND GAENOR is a near retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story in a setting of rural Wales around 1910. In this case the boy is from an Orthodox Jewish shop owner/peddler family recently escaped from the pogroms of Russia; and the girl is from a Protestant Welsh coal mining family whose brother spits whenever he mentions Jews. From this background of irreconcilable differences comes a true romantic tragedy, beautifully told in a spare, realistic style, with exceptional acting by both leads. The technical credits are equally flawless. The film was submitted by the United Kingdom for best foreign language film Oscar; and don't be surprised if it makes the final five.


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