Solomon & Gaenor (2000)



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Set in a Welsh mining community in 1911, a young Jewish boy falls in love with a Welsh girl. Solomon, a displaced Jew is forced to hide his true identity and turn his back on his faith and family in the pursuit of true love. Gaenor, a gentle and obedient chapel girl, scandalizes her community by pursuing her love for Solomon. When Gaenor discovers she is having a baby, their families make every effort to keep them apart.
R (for sexuality and a scene of violence)
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Sony Pictures Classics


Ioan Gruffudd
as Solomon
Nia Roberts
as Gaenor
Adam Jenkins
as Thomas
Cyril Shaps
as Ephraim
Daniel Kaye
as Philip
Elliot Cantor
as Benjamin
Steffan Rhodri
as Noah Jones
Emyr Wyn
as Reverend Roberts
Dai Morgan
as Geraint
Rhys Evans
as Rhys
Helen Griffin
as Aunt Myfanwy
Gwyn Vaughan Jones
as Trefor Lloyd
Alan Schwartz
as Uncle Menasseh
Anne Sessions
as Aunt Sadie
Barry Davies
as Mannie Silvergilt
Daniel Joseph Levy
as Rabbi Wolfe
Derek Smith
as Jewish Man
Jane Manuel
as Jewish Woman
Daniel Pruchnie
as Jewish Child
Ri Richards
as Glass Woman
Gill Griffiths
as First Woman
Manon Eames
as Welsh Woman at Door
Ceri Evans
as Ceridwen
Huw Emlyn
as Barman Alun
Sion Hopkins
as Sleepy John
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Full Review… | December 23, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Solomon & Gaenor


Very sad movie...very simple, a little risque. A variation of star-crossed lovers. If it was made with a larger budget, would have easily gotten some oscar noms.

Elizabeth Kelly
Elizabeth Kelly

Solomon and Gaenor is a film that sincerely captures the magic of the discovery of pure love, and also depicts so painfully what happens when ethnicism and hate work against it. 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.

Danielle S
Danielle S

Very awesome movie--go Welsh! It was so romantic and heart breaking. Dealt with some heavy class/social issues in pre-wwI times in Wales.

Dani Becker
Dani Becker

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