Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie’s narrator, a young American writer new to New York City.
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The scene where she makes her "choice" is one of the greatest moments of acting in the history of cinema, male or female. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is absolute garbage, with a cutesy dopey narration track that is beyond irritating. Kevin Kline seemed to be getting in some early practice for "A Fish Called Wanda", and Peter MacNicol has a smarmy face just begging for a slap. Only Streep keeps it from 1 star.
It goes without saying that Meryl Streep gives a great performance, but as I cataloged the annoyances of this one—achingly emphatic music cues, overwritten voiceover for an underwritten character, period detail done in unimaginative "literary" realism—I realized that all of my least favorite things about Oscar season have been with us for 30 years. Doesn't leave me optimistic for the next 30. 3 out of 5 stars.
Irritating. Had to sort out my thoughts. I had mixed feelings how to judge. This is a play rather than a movie. And this is a tragedy rather than a drama. The story unfolds very slowly. Too slowly. Therefore it becomes boring. The end, after more than 2 hrs is packed with surprises, explanations & daramatic elements. Too late. Pakula is in a twist between "victims of Nazi's" and "ill-fated love". Wasted potential.
È un film pesante ed incompleto,che impiega parecchio tempo per arrivare al nocciolo e rimane un melodrammone con un messaggio non sfruttato appieno,ma la clamorosa interpretazione della Streep e la saggezza e sensibilità di Pakula innalzano senza dubbio il tutto.Sono quei film che non ti convicono in piano,ma ti toccano alla grandissima
"This was not judgment day. Only morning." I haven't read Styron's novel, but I suspect it succeeds where this adaptation doesn't. The film wants to be a tragic romance, a Holocaust tale, the story of a writer's coming of age, a parable of some sort, a depiction of mental illness, and it sort of fails at all of those. The wins here are Streep's performance and the flashback cinematography. 3.5 stars
WHAT WAS SOPHIE'S CHOICE?! just kidding. i love peter macniccol in anything, and he absolutely glows as the charming, blushing lead from the south, stingo. meryl streep is captivating. she's really magical onscreen as sophie. you get lost in her character's fragility and fickleness.