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Meryl delights in Oscar role ; Movie MEMORY [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

November 30, 2013

YellowBrix

IN Sophie's Choice, Meryl Streep gives her Academy Award winning performance as a Jewish girl in New York haunted by her experiences in a German concentration camp.

Sophie, played by Streep, is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps.

The film is set Brooklyn, just after the end of the Second World War.

A young would-be writer named Stingo (Peter MacNicol) shares a boarding house with Sophie and her tempestuous lover, Nathan (Kevin Kline).

Sophie and Nathan befriend Stingo, a young American writer new to New York who is also the film's narrator. Their friendship changes his life.

The film is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by William Styron and it's very faithful to the book.

While Streep won an Oscar for her performance, the acting of Kline is also worthy of a mention.

He captures the changing moods and explosive temper of Nathan and is a great presence in the film.

Styron is one of America's great writers and the film does his book justice beautifully.

REVIEWER: Mary-ann Astle.

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