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A Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok Spokojnego Slonca) (1984)

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The Polish Year of the Quiet Sun is set in the years following World War II. In a small Polish town, a United Nations war-crimes investigation is taking place. While the courtroom battle rages on, American soldier Scott Wilson takes advantage of a few precious r-and-r opportunities. He falls in love with Maja Komorowska, a war widow. Despite obvious political and ideological differences, the romance flourishes--at least until it's time for the Americans to pack up and leave. More cerebral than carnal, Year of the Quiet Sun was originally release in Poland as Rok Spokojnego Slonca.

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Cast

Hanna Skarzanka
as Emilia's Mother
Vadim Glowna
as Hermann
Tadeusz Bradecki
as The Translator
Jerzy Nowak
as The Doctor
Miroslaw Gaweda
as Novice Monk
Zofia Rysiowna
as Nun Interpreter
Gustaw Lutkiewicz
as Cakeshop Owner
Daria Trafankouska
as David's Girlfriend
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Critic Reviews for A Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok Spokojnego Slonca)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Whatever you do, don`t leave this film until its last breathtaking scene, which is one of the most moving in film history.

March 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A Year of the Quiet Sun is a great, beautiful and humbling work, a film of majestic compassion. Its conception and execution are thrilling; its actors magnificent.

March 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Deeply human, with acute observation, wry humour, and a startling finale.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

As a story of postwar grief and rehabilitation, A Year of the Quiet Sun is well-detailed and carefully told, if also somewhat paralyzed by its heroine's inertia. It is given somewhat more momentum by the performances.

August 30, 2004

This is a small, quiet film of enormous power. It is not generated by any genre, by any plot that we can anticipate; it is the particular story of the people in this time and place.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

[Director Zanussi] moves deliberately and by inches, drawing out plot points we know perfectly well to be inevitable and underlining his themes with excruciatingly heavy symbolism and structural parallels.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok Spokojnego Slonca)

In "A Year of the Quiet Sun," Norman(Scott Wilson, of CSI) is an army driver in post-war Poland for the war crimes commission when he has to relieve himself by an abandoned vehicle, almost not seeing Emilia(Maja Komorowska), who is inside working on a painting, before it is too late. Trying to make up for their awkward meeting, he offers her a ride but she refuses. Regardless, he follows her back to the bombed out apartment where she lives with her mother(Hanna Skarzanka) since their return to their native land, across the way from Stella(Ewa Dalkowska), the local prostitute. Norman returns later with paints and sunglasses for Emilia. At the same time, she is not yet ready to return his affections. And that's when the local thuggery puts in an appearance. "A Year of the Quiet Sun" is an emotionally resonant movie with a stunning final scene. As such, it is set in a time and place where everything has been swept aside, allowing for everybody to mix together out in the open, which should allow for them to begin over. However, reality sets in, as the old order not only takes hold again but predators prey on the weak. And then there are those like Emilia's mother who do not forgive so easily(she thinks Stella should be shaved for her past dealings with the Nazis but otherwise I like her), forgetting for a second who the real criminals were. So, what chance do two damaged people like Emilia and Norman have in such a world?

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