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Sunflower (I girasoli) (1970)





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Twelve days before WWII breaks out, Giovanna marries handsome Antonio, who is sent to the front in Siberia. Antonio almost dies but is rescued by a beautiful Russian girl. Eventually Antonio marries her. Meanwhile, poor Giovanna waits for him to return and finally goes to look for him herself.
Art House & International , Drama
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AVCO Embassy Pictures

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Sophia Loren
as Giovanna
Germano Longo
as Ettore
Galina Andreyeva
as Soviet Woman Official
Anna Carena
as Antonio's Mother
Nadya Serednichenko
as Woman in Sunflower Field
Glauco Onorato
as Returning Veteran
Silvano Tranquilli
as Russian-Italian Worker
Marisa Traversi
as Prostitute
Gunar Zilinski
as Russian Ministry Official
Carlo Ponti Jr.
as Giovanna's Baby
Pippo Starnazza
as Man of Enquiry Office
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Critic Reviews for Sunflower (I girasoli)

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Excellent drama, with Sophia Loren at the peak of her powers.

December 12, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Sunflower (I girasoli)


Mastrioianni & Loren r right up there with Tracy & Hepburn Fred & Ginger Powell & Loy they r soo good together.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

I never saw him again. A young Italian couple fall in unexpected love and she steals the playboy's heart. They have an amazing life and marriage. However, World War II hits their country hard and the young man is whisked into a terrible battle in Siberia where he is lost and never seen from again. The military presumes he's dead. She goes on an amazing search for true love. "Didn't we already get married?" Vittorio De Sica, director of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; The Voyage; After the Fox; A Place for Lovers; Marriage Italian Style; Two Women; and The Roof; delivers Sunflowers. The storyline for this picture was excellent, well paced, and brilliantly portrayed. The cast delivers remarkable performances and includes Sophia Loren and Mastroianni. "I'll take the scorpions over marriage." I recently came across this on Netflix and added it to my queue. I saw Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow and thought it was okay with a similar cast and the same director. This was infinitely better and easily my favorite Loren film. I thought she delivered her character well and this tale is well told. I strongly recommend seeing this underrated classic. "Where can you take me with this tiny creature?" Grade: A

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

A poignant and intense emotional journey through relationships and love in wartime and the devastating affects that war brings to those involved. Sunflower is a beautiful Drama about an Italian woman who marries a soldier and spends years of her life hoping and searching for him after the war ends and there is still no word from her husband. Later she finds him, and when she does what she discovers will change both their lives forever. Recommended for drama fans and fans of Sophia Loren who delivers another complex and amazing performance. De Sica certainly has much better films out there in his earlier work and even other collaborations with the same here, but while no Umberto D. (1952) or Bicycle Thieves (1949), there is still some of the master's finesse here and enough heart to keep the film moving along and holding dramatic weight.

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