Sophie and the Rising Sun

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Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a willowy fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the compelling story of two interracial lovers, Sophie, an artist who also fishes and sells crabs to the townfolk, the other an Asian gentleman, swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town badly beaten and under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. And when Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta's life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

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Critic Reviews for Sophie and the Rising Sun

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

  • The premise... demands more heat and complexity than this hokey 2016 drama provides.

    Feb 9, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Warm, heartfelt but decidedly wan.

    Feb 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • The gently nostalgic mood and sleepy pacing effectively erase the movie's necessary edge.

    Feb 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Greenwald and cinematographer Wolfgang Held linger on the idyllic beauty of the salt marsh and trees draped with Spanish moss, using the vivid cerulean of native blue crabs to link her characters.

    Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • There's a clumsy, soapy tepidness to the procession of plot points, but within individual scenes, the actors pierce the genteel surface.

    Jan 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Maggie Greenwald's first adult-oriented feature since 'Songcatcher' is an affecting, rose-scented study of small-town prejudice and female friendship.

    Jan 23, 2016 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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