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Sprawling look at four generations of an assimilated Hungarian-Jewish family covers a lot of time at the expense of cohesiveness and character. Title refers to the health tonic that makes the family fortune and is a pun on the family's original name, Sonnenschein. Fiennes turns up in three roles as the family prospers in Budapest by changing their name to avoid the anti-Semitic society--eventually converting to Catholicism. It will not protect them, however, from the Nazi holocaust and the turbulent postwar period that leads to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

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Available on Running time 180 minutes. Originally from Canadian, Hungarian.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Judaism, Family Ties, Period Piece: 20th Century, The Holocaust, Postwar, Fencing
Screenplay
Istvan Szabo, Israel Horovitz
Cast
Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle, Molly Parker, Deborah Kara Unger, James Frain, William Hurt, John Neville, Miriam Margolyes, Mark Strong
Cinematography
Lajos Koltai
Director
Istvan Szabo
Music
Maurice Jarre

Awards

Genie 1999: Film.

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