Sophie and the Rising Sun
CAST: Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale DIRECTOR: Maggie Greenwald TUESDAY FILM SERIES
Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town 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. 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.
"In a movie that would pass the Bechdel test with flying colors, however gently mannered its vintage vibe, [Director Greenwald] gives us four supremely gifted performers striking complex notes as women living in comparatively benighted times.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
A gentle-hearted romantic drama that succeeds most winningly as a study of resilient female fellowship.Guy Lodge, Variety
"A hidden gem from last year’s Sundance."Edward Douglas, LRM
"An uncommonly lovely period piece that echoes the anxiety America is expressing about immigrants right now..."Jan Albert, Psychology Today