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Solomon & Gaenor (2000)



Critic Consensus: Solomon & Gaenor's tale of star-crossed lovers is admittedly familiar, but the chemistry between its well-chosen leads is enough to break hearts all over again.

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Set in a Welsh mining community in 1911, a young Jewish boy falls in love with a Welsh girl. Solomon, a displaced Jew is forced to hide his true identity and turn his back on his faith and family in the pursuit of true love. Gaenor, a gentle and obedient chapel girl, scandalizes her community by pursuing her love for Solomon. When Gaenor discovers she is having a baby, their families make every effort to keep them apart.


Cyril Shaps
as Ephraim
Elliot Cantor
as Benjamin
Steffan Rhodri
as Noah Jones
Emyr Wyn
as Reverend Roberts
Dai Morgan
as Geraint
Helen Griffin
as Aunt Myfanwy
Gwyn Vaughan Jones
as Trefor Lloyd
Alan Schwartz
as Uncle Menasseh
Anne Sessions
as Aunt Sadie
Barry Davies
as Mannie Silvergilt
Daniel Joseph Levy
as Rabbi Wolfe
Derek Smith
as Jewish Man
Jane Manuel
as Jewish Woman
Daniel Pruchnie
as Jewish Child
Ri Richards
as Glass Woman
Gill Griffiths
as First Woman
Manon Eames
as Welsh Woman at Door
Ceri Evans
as Ceridwen
Huw Emlyn
as Barman Alun
Sion Hopkins
as Sleepy John
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Critic Reviews for Solomon & Gaenor

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

The movie's ending wants to inspire tears, but I was dry-eyed, perhaps as a response to its morose labors. It is one thing to be the victim of fate, and it is another thing to go looking for fate and wrestle it to the ground.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A beautiful, gentle love story, fueled by the palpable chemistry between Gruffudd and Roberts.

December 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Unrelentingly grim, but effective love story.

May 12, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Watching this romantic drama unfold, it is sad to see how religious bigotry can stamp out the hopes and dreams of two lovers.

March 16, 2002 | Full Review…

A satisfyingly old-fashioned love story.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Around the one-hour mark, the plot gets more maudlin by the minute, climaxing with an ending that's not only predictable but almost laughable.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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