Yet Streep, accent and all, achieves an outstanding height in this performance, augmented not by the backstory, but by the relationship she has with her lover, Nathan Landau Kevin Kline.
Through the distinct Polish intonations hide vulnerability, which Streep expertly reveals bit by bit and piece by piece, carefully unraveling her character. Though it is certainly concerned with the effects of World War II and the people who survived it, it is so in a way that seems bizarrely flippant, using its Holocaust content less as a contextual backdrop to the characters and their respective situations and more as a fairly jarring at least retrospectively exploitative plot device.
She inhabits them to the hilt, embracing their flaws and playing off their strengths to give extraordinary performances. Pakula allowed the cast to rehearse for three weeks, and was open to improvisation from the actors, "spontaneous things", according to Streep. Upon arriving back in Brooklyn, Stingo is devastated to discover that Sophie and Nathan have committed suicide by ingesting sodium cyanide.
The whole plot is based on a connection that isn't there—the connection between Sophie and Nathan's relationship and what the Nazis did to the Jews. Meryl Streep 's performance received widespread critical acclaim and earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress.
As they flounder in the bewilderment of being human in an age of madness, they become our friends, and we love them. It is fascinating in a way, perhaps aided by director Alan J.