Soleil
by Roger Hanin





FOREIGN TITLES & RELEASE DATES

France (Paris) -  June 11, 1997 - Soleil - 101'
Argentina (Mar del Plata Festival) - November 22, 1997 - Soleil -
USA (New York, Walter Reade Theater) - January 11, 1998 - Soleil - 101'
Italy -  July 2, 1999 - Soleil - 102'
Germany - Soleil -




French poster French lobby card Italian poster


PLOT

This film tells the story of a Jewish mother who lives in Algiers with five dependent children, in circumstances of financial hardship. The woman, proud and full of vitality, has a husband who has remained in France due to the outbreak of the Second World War. To support the family, Titine improvises a thousand jobs: shirt maker, dress maker, waitress; in short, she does everything she can to assure that her children will not go hungry, in addition to having to fend off suitors of every type and social class. When the war ends, she returns to France and looks for her husband, but he does not want to go back to her. Only with the passing of the years does the woman obtain some small satisfaction, given to her by her oldest son, who has become well-known in the field of heart surgery. (Enrico Lancia)
Story and screenplay: Roger Hanin
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FILMING LOCATIONS

Senlis (France)
Casablanca (Morocco)
Studios Éclair, Épinay-sur-Seine (France)

Filming dates: July - October 1996
Sophia flies to Casablanca on July 18.

MAIN CAST

Sophia Loren (Titine Lévy, the mother)
Philippe Noiret (Joseph Lévy)
Marianne Sagebrecht (Jeanette, the nanny)
Roger Hanin (professor Meyer Lévy)
Nicolas Olczyk (Meyer at 73 years old)


CREDITS

Photography:
Robert Alazraki
Music:
Vladimir Cosma
Costumes:
Agnès Nègre

Makeup Artist:
Francesco Freda
Hair Stylist:
Adalgisa Favella
Still Photographer:
Micheline Pelletier
Production:
Progefi France 2 Cinéma (Paris)
Induna Film (Germany) - Medusa Film (Rome)
 

NOTES

The film plays like a wistful reminiscence rather than a drama with teeth. But Loren has dignity and grace on the screen as a tough- minded yet softhearted mother named Titine, and she's a compelling force.

Soleil is an hymn to motherhood, a film Hanin dedicated to his mother and the kind of film  that fitted Sophia's character as a loving mother.


QUOTES AND REVIEWS 

Sophia Loren tries in vain to renew her performance (weak, but dignified!) in Una giornata particolare.
Jacques Mandelbaum, Le Monde, 12 jun 1997

"The film plays like a wistful reminiscence rather than a drama with teeth. But Loren has dignity and grace on the screen as a tough- minded yet softhearted mother named Titine, and she's a compelling force."
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 aug 1999

"Being as beautiful as Sophia Loren or Ava Gardner is almost an anomaly of nature... For the character of Meyer's mother, I wanted a woman's most beautiful image and she was the one."
Roger Hanin, Humanité, 11 jun 1997

"Sophia Loren est comme un roc inentamable. Une belle sculpture naturelle, puissante et calme, que le cinéma a ciselée sans lui enlever
l'élan primitif."
Marie-Noëlle Tranchant, Le Figaro, 10 jun 1997




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