A Fiennes Mess

Multi-generational Sunshine is a triple threat in more ways than one

The film opens in the latter half of the 19th century and concludes after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It isn't easy to cover so much ground in three hours. Szabo seems determined to mention every historical event that transpires; by necessity it is a whirlwind tour. The end of World War II, the rise of Stalin, the purges, the Hungarian invasion and the Soviet invasion all whiz by in a flash. We see Ivan condemned to five years in a Soviet prison one moment; one short scene later he is being released.

Ralph Fiennes plays three roles through three generations of a Jewish-Hungarian family story in Sunshine, and he's bad in all of them.
Ralph Fiennes plays three roles through three generations of a Jewish-Hungarian family story in Sunshine, and he's bad in all of them.

Sunshine looks beautiful, all sepia-toned and elegantly lensed by Szabo's regular cinematographer Lajos Koltai, but it is embarrassingly melodramatic and has no emotional impact, save for one sequence: the harrowing scene of Adam in a Nazi labor camp refusing to acknowledge that he is a Jew, and what happens to him as a result. While my admiration for Szabo is not diminished by this very disappointing film, it is profoundly sad to see him so completely lose his footing.

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