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


He said he can give you money...

to arrange an escape

for you and your mother.

Explain to him that right now...

I'd find it very hard

to pack up and go.

The war uprooted us.

I was homesick for Poland.

I can't leave now.

I know times will be hard--

even harder, probably.

But happiness isn't a question...

of where you live

but of how you live.

Sorry. Don't translate that.

Couldn't he stay on in Poland?

What would he do here?

I'm awake.

Mama, would you go?

You must go. I insist.

You know, I could join you later.

I'm old.

I'm sure they'd let me out.

But you have to go.

You're young.

But, of course...

if you want me to, I'll go.

Think we can wake her?

We should see to things right away.

She knows someone

who arranges these things.

Oh, dear. With these legs--

I'm sure you understand.

I mean, it's an eight-mile march

over rough country.

And a cold too?

A sniffle.

Unless somebody carries you--

No, it's no good.

There'd be no turning back.

One person conks out,

the whole party's had it.

Not to mention myself.

Couldn't your daughter

send for you later?

How much would it be

for one person?

Half. One hundred dollars.

That's what you asked

for two people.

The risk's gone up,

so the price has too.

I mean, I'm literally risking my neck.

How much of a deposit do you need?

The whole sum up front.

Then come back

when my daughter's here.

Day after tomorrow.

In the morning.


Have a nice day.


My God!

You'll catch your death.

I'll close the window.

No, leave it open.

- One order, please.

- Dumplings?

I don't have change.

Come back later, okay?

Want some?

Do sit down, please.

Please, have a seat.

Returning to our conversation,

if you'll allow me...

I don't know if you're aware that

she was sleeping with that German.

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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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