A POWERFUL SAGA

By William Markiewicz

I recently saw "Sunshine", a film about three generations of a Hungarian Jewish family. It's a haunting saga done with blood and guts, therefore the producers wanted to make it last as long as life itself. With this attitude they did the film mostly for themselves. Is this good or bad? Both. In any case it ended with the wrong message: that an individual can free himself through pride. It was in contradiction to a previous situation in the film where one of the principal protagonists was savagely killed, precisely for showing pride. To avoid gratuitous martyrdom, only the powerful can afford the luxury of pride, and power must be built collectively. For me the meaning of the film is more important than the film itself, so I wont describe it despite the fact that I appreciate its magic.

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