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

Leave it. It's clean.

It's not all right, Mama. Just look.

It's going to fester.

It already has.

- Look, it's rotting.

- We have to at least change it.

It's already gone rotten.

Gangrene could set in.

Let it.

I'm past caring.

I've had enough of this life.

It's not ours to decide.

You always said so yourself.

What if I did?

Who's is it to decide?

Let's leave that to God.

Why leave it to God?

If Christ died on the cross,

it was his choice. He didn't have to.

So why can't we die

when we want to?

Mama, everything will work out.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

A Hun! She's entertaining Huns.

Maybe it's just business.

Business my foot!

You can see everything.

Shave her head, I say.

They don't do that anymore.

Besides, Germans are human too.

Where else can he go... for company?

You're only saying that to annoy me.


You justify everything.

You can't believe in justice.

- I'd rather justify than judge.

- I'm not judging.

I just want her head shaved.

Got a light?

I've run out of matches.

This is the place.



Too bad.

Thank you.

Emilia, ask him to stay.


What is he?

English or American?

I can't tell.

He must be from that commission.

All that fuss over a few airmen.

When our dead ran into millions--


Her husband.

He's dead.

Now he'll fish out some photos...

and start showing them.

I expect that's the drill next door.


You're a dear, soldier boy.

If I weren't so old--

You miss it?


You have no one to miss.


I have to, before I die.

You have plenty of time.

Mama, you try it first.

It's very good.

Nothing special.

What is ''pork''?

Get the dictionary.

Sweet pork.

''You have a very shapely leg.''


Not anymore.

We thank you.

My mother and I.

I'll be right back.


Maybe somebody from the shop.

Across the hall.

There's nothing here.

Where do you think you are?

Get out!

Or I'll scream for help.

Go ahead, grandma!

Of all the nerve!

They'll see there's nothing

and be on their way.

As bad as the Gestapo!


Mind who you're comparing us to!

Where's the money?

We don't have any.

Have a little chat with Mommy.

It's over there!

One more.

Hold on, Junior.

This one's an old bag.

I wouldn't report this.

Why did you tell them?

I could've taken it.

They'd have killed you.

That might have been for the best.

I have cakes to bake.

I promised them for tomorrow.

Take it and thank him.

Thank you.

It's a godsend.

Just the thing for icing.

I have to deliver this.

Get in.

- We take a ride and then we talk.

- Why?


Is this all?

When will there be more?

He wants to say something.

He's tongue-tied.

He says that you're young

and have someone you care about.

I don't see the joke.

No. It'll never work.


We don't have a chance.

Please don't come around again.

Get out!

Get lost!


Here are your rotten things!

I'm warning you!

Pick that up!

Pay me!

Pick it up.

Pay up for all the times.

That's not enough.

Pay for--

- For?

- For all the times.

For all the times you--

Please pay.

Excuse us.

Get lost, you pig!

The course of true love--

I don't feel sorry for her at all.

Did he hurt you?

Leave me alone.

Is it something serious?

He's being repatriated.

Seems he has a wife too.

- In Germany?

- What does it matter?

Even if she's dead,

he can't take me.

His passport says ''married''.

Well, maybe it's just as well.

You think you'd be so well off there?

That's not the point.

I was counting on starting over.

Changing my name

so no one would know who I was.

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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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