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

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

TV Guide

Muted, modest, and ultimately somewhat elusive, the film might be considered slight or even negligible were it not for Maja Komorowska's warm-blooded yet very delicate portrayal of Emilia.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Sensitively directed by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi, but hampered by a sleepy pace.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[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.

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A poignant and moving portrayal of a country struggling to pick up the pieces after being torn apart by war.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
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… More