Sofie (1992)




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Based on the 1932 novel Mendel Philipsen and Son by Henri Nathansen, Sofie was adapted for the screen by celebrated actress Liv Ullmann, making her directorial debut. Beginning in Copenhagen during the late 1880s, Sofie (Karen-Lise Mynster) is a devoted Jewish daughter who falls in love with the Gentile painter Hojby (Jesper Christensen). Her parents, Semmy (Erland Josephson) and Frederikke (Ghita Nørby), don't approve of the relationship, so they encourage her to marry her mentally ill cousin, a Swedish shopkeeper named Jonas (Torben Zeller). She gives birth to a son, but their already loveless marriage becomes further complicated when Sofie develops an interest in her brother-in-law Gottleib (Stig Hoffmeyer). Jonas is inconsolable after the death of his mother (Kirsten Rolffes), so much so that Sofie has him institutionalized and takes over his business. Years later, Sofie returns to Copenhagen with her son to help her aging parents and attend an auction where she reunites with Hojby.
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Ghita Nørby
as Frederikke
Stig Hoffmeyer
as Gottlieb
Henning Moritzen
as Frederik
Kirsten Rolffes
as Jona's Mother
Lotte Herman
as Tante Pulle
Peter Hesse Overgaard
as Harry Hirsch
Jonas Oddermose
as Aron (age 3)
David Naym
as Aron (age 7)
Mari Maurstad
as Josephine
Jacob Allon
as Aron (age 11-14)
Kasper Barfoed
as Aron (age 18)
Anne Werner Thomsen
as Rose Philipson
Sanne Granngaard
as Fanny Philipson
Elna Brodthagen
as Sofie's Grandmother
Elin Reimer
as Belse
Lone Herman
as Malle
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Critic Reviews for Sofie

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A beguiling and bittersweet film.

Full Review… | November 22, 2001
Spirituality and Practice

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July 17, 2005

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August 16, 2003

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Sofie

Liv Ullmann's attempt to move beyond the shadow of Bergman proves to be rewarding.

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