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Sophie and the Rising Sun

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The movie tells the story of Sophie, a girl from small-town South Carolina, who falls in love with a Japanese gardener in 1941. However, as their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically.
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Variety
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January 23, 2016

Maggie Greenwald's first adult-oriented feature since 'Songcatcher' is an affecting, rose-scented study of small-town prejudice and female friendship.
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March 28, 2017

An eloquent, and both captivating and terrifying story playing out on the eve of the US entry into WW II, the film connects the Jim Crow South, and racism against Japanese Americans. And women bonding together in crisis for better - and often much worse.
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Paste Magazine
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February 01, 2017

Sophie and the Rising Sun is a movie caught halfway between wartime homeland drama and interracial romance, and not particularly satisfying as either.
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LRM
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February 07, 2017

The actors are so good that it doesn't even seem awkward when the film gives us a romantic angle between Nicholson's Sophie and the Japanese visitor.
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Los Angeles Times
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January 26, 2017

There's a clumsy, soapy tepidness to the procession of plot points, but within individual scenes, the actors pierce the genteel surface.
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New York Observer
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February 07, 2017

Warm, heartfelt but decidedly wan.
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Movie Nation
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January 06, 2017

A WWII forbidden love romance that is unsurprising in the extreme, but made with more care than the material warranted.
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New York Times
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February 02, 2017

The gently nostalgic mood and sleepy pacing effectively erase the movie's necessary edge.
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Village Voice
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February 01, 2017

Greenwald and cinematographer Wolfgang Held linger on the idyllic beauty of the salt marsh and trees draped with Spanish moss, using the vivid cerulean of native blue crabs to link her characters.
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Chicago Reader
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February 09, 2017

The premise... demands more heat and complexity than this hokey 2016 drama provides.
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