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Sophie’s Choice

4

Heartbreaking decision...

Meryl Streep bagged her second Oscar for this touchstone tragedy from the late Alan J. Pakula, a harrowing, horrifying drama that still packs a punch three decades on. Streep’s turn as a Polish immigrant and Auschwitz survivor now living in 1947 Brooklyn with her volatile lover Nathan (Kevin Kline) remains a career landmark.

But just as impressive are Kline and Peter MacNicol, as the young writer Stingo living in their boarding house. Pakula, meanwhile, directs with sensitivity as Sophie’s sickening past is gradually unveiled; brace yourself for one of the most sickening reveals in cinema history.

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