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Solomon And Gaenor [VHS] [1999]

Ioan Gruffudd , Nia Roberts , Paul Morrison    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Nia Roberts, Sue Jones-Davies, William Thomas, Mark Lewis Jones
  • Directors: Paul Morrison
  • Writers: Paul Morrison
  • Producers: Andy Porter, David Green, Sheryl Crown
  • Language: English, Welsh, Yiddish
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Film Four
  • VHS Release Date: 27 Sep 1999
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,152 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Solomon and Gaenor is a British Romeo and Juliet which, while well acted, suffers from a lack of both imagination and budget. Shot in drab, grimily realistic, BBC-period-drama style, the story is set in a Welsh mining community in 1911. Solomon, rising star Ioan Gruffudd (Hornblower, Warriors,) is a Jewish travelling salesman. Gaenor (played by the breathtakingly beautiful Nia Roberts) is the daughter of a strict chapel-going family. They begin a clandestine affair that we just know will end in tragedy. The ensuing events pack a strong emotional punch in evoking the grinding desperation of these blighted lives, yet the storytelling is predictable and director Paul Morrisson makes the mistake of confusing unrelenting misery and a flat pace with artistic seriousness. The cinematography is televisual in scale, and the producers apparently lacked the budget to show the miners' strike which forms a background of escalating tension. Nevertheless, Gruffudd is convincing and effortlessly charismatic, a genuine star in the making, sufficient to make one overlook that the film is essentially a competent variation on aspects of Jude and Ken Russell's versions of DH Lawrence's The Rainbow and Women in Love. --Gary S Dalkin

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A Welsh valley mining village in the early 1900s provides the backdrop for this drama of doomed romance. Orthodox Jew Solomon (Ioan Gruffud) falls in love with Gaenor (Nia Roberts), the daughter of strict chapel-goers. As their relationship develops, opposition to it grows amongst the small-minded community around them.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply moving tale of love and sacrifice. 22 Jun 2000
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Solomon and Gaenor is a beautifully-presented movie about forbidden love and moral compromise. Its a 'simple' story, but told with such strong passion and emotion as to make it extremely powerful and affecting. Amazing performances from both Ioan Gruffudd and Nia Roberts contribute to this being one of the most intense and compelling love stories ever told.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking 5 Feb 2004
I had to study this film as part of my welsh A level. Most of the films and books I studied I quickly became sick of. Not so with this film! The various adaptations of Romeo and Juliet look clown like as compared to the breathtaking sequences and stories of this film. A must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is beautiful!!!! 7 Jun 2004
Be prepared for a very heavy movie. I have watched the film for many times and my heart sank every time I watched it. The film was beautifully made and the contrast of the colours used in the picture is very effective. I really love this movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I have already watched this film in the cinema twice and I would see it again. It is such a deeply moving story beautifully acted. Nia Roberts plays the part of a young Welsh woman and I can identify her life with that of my grandmother who lived in the Rhondda Valley early in the last century. This film portrayed life in such a realistic way, the chapels were the focus of the valleys and to become pregnant when unmarried was a great disgrace. I shed many a tear watching Solomon and Gaenor and think that everyone involved in its making should be complemented. I wish there were more films made of this quality
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy, not hammy... 26 Aug 2005
Gritty, realistic, period love story set in Wales - this is a surprising good film! The characters are convincing, the pacing is good, the ending is pretty heavy stuff (get the tissues out everyone) but, thankfully, it lacks the overblown Hollywood pretensions that have ruined many other love story movies. Well worth seeing more than once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabolous mavie! 10 Jun 2000
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This movie is a wonderful work. The stars Ioan Gruffudd and Nia Roberts chemistry is absolutely great. Has lovely sights of Wales!
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