Thursday, December 15, 2016

Now on Amazon Prime: Sophie's Choice (1982)

Sophie’s Choice (1982) – Written and Directed by Alan J. Pakula; Cinematography by Nestor Almendros; Starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin, Stephen D. Newman, Greta Turken, Josh Mostel, Marcell Rosenblatt, Moishe Rosenfeld, Robin Bartlett, Eugene Lipsinki, John Rothman, Joseph Leon, David Wohl, Nina Polan, Alexander Sirotin, Armand Dahan, Joseph Tobin, Cortez Nance and Gunther Maria Halmer.

By Kenny Howell
One moment can make the film, and that is definitely true with this one. That is not to say that the rest of the film isn’t supremely well-executed, just that one moment, her choice, sticks with you, almost if the choice was yours.

Sophie, played by Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) in an Oscar-winning role, is a Polish woman who has immigrated to New York after going through the Holocaust and losing both her children. She has found love in Nathan (Kevin Kline), an American Jew who has great interest in the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo (Peter MacNicol), a young writer, who learns of Sophie’s past and her suffering.

The movie is anchored by that one moment, but everything resonates from that. It is one that definitely stick with you, especially because of Streep's heartbreaking performance.

Sophie's Choice is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Rating: ****

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