A Year Of the Quiet Sun

Synopsis: Shortly after WWII an American soldier (Norman) and a Polish refugee (Emilia) fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to USA and both expect that she will soon follow him. Emilia's mother is sick but would recover by available medicine. Somehow the mother but not Emilia knows that there will only be one ticket. Realising that Emilia would never abandon her, the mother secretly throws away the daily doses given her by Emilia - and dies. Somehow Emilia discovers her mother's sacrifice and refuses to benefit from it. She gives the ticket to a female friend and retreats to a cloister, living like the nuns except not wearing their dress and not having given a promise to stay forever. For decades she will apparently live in peace. Then a nun tells her that Norman has died and has bequeathed his fortune to Emilia. The nun suggests that Emilia gives the money to the cloister. But from that moment Emilia's religious devotion flies away. She only thinks of going as speedily as possible to A
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Krzysztof Zanussi
Production: Zespol Filmowy
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Getting rid of this

so there'd only be a scar.

But I'll get even.

With your help I'll fix him.

He knows where

those airmen's graves are.

He mentioned it once,

but he thought I didn't understand.

All I would have to do is report it.

So why don't you?

They'd ask me about my work,

and how I knew him.

I have to tell them,

otherwise they'll never find out.

All you need do

is tell them that he knows.

They'll take

his repatriation papers...

and he'll cough up the whole story.

I'll go with you.

We'll go together.

I'm all right.

What's the matter?

Nothing, Mama.

I just feel a bit--

Lie down.

- Right this minute.

- I'm fine.

Help me, Father.

I'm out of my depth.

I've lost my bearings.

Everything's gotten so mixed up.


does a person

have a right to happiness?

Does everyone have that right?

Or is it only some

and not others?

Everyone has that right,

provided they wrong no one...

and are at peace

with their conscience.

Perhaps I'm making

too big a problem of this.

But I don't know what to do now,

what's right.

Everything I had in life is behind me.

I had to let the past go.

I accepted it.

Father, I was married briefly,

for a few months.

I loved him, and I still love him.

I know he's dead,

but I cling to the hope that--

That hope is what gave me--

gives me the strength to keep going.

Now I don't know

if I have a right...

to want to be with a man

who's a complete stranger.

A man with whom

I can't even communicate.

Bring him here.

One of the sisters here speaks English.

Thank you.

Explain that in any case

there are formalities.

I'd have to file a petition...

for my husband to be

legally presumed dead...

and that could take a long time.

Months, maybe years.

I've already said that.

You want me to repeat it?

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Krzysztof Zanussi

Krzysztof Zanussi, (born 17 June 1939) is a Polish film and theatre director, producer and screenwriter. He is a professor of European film at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland where he conducts a summer workshop. He is also a professor at the Silesian University in Katowice. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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