Solomon & Gaenor | Chicago Reader

Solomon & Gaenor

A graceful, understated sense of period allows the behavior of the characters in this love story to be unusually nuanced, making their experiences seem uncontrived as well as archetypal. Solomon, who's selling fabric door-to-door in a Welsh mining town in 1911, meets Gaenor, whose time is divided between arduous housework and church. He courts her, but the evasions that let him conceal from her that he's Jewish make her doubt the seriousness of his intentions. Economics, her inevitable pregnancy, and the mistrust and hatred between their ethnic groups make their situation virtually hopeless. Written and directed by Paul Morrison; with Ioan Gruffudd and Nia Roberts. 100 min.

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