Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.
The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought ... See full summary »
Raymond De Felitta
A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? Written by
The filmmakers have said in interviews their story is based on a 2001 National Public Radio "All Things Considered" report about two women in the Seattle suburbs who started a biohazard removal/cleaning service. They are best friends, not sisters. See more »
About 54 minutes into the movie, when Oscar is crossing a street, a microphone can be clearly seen on the top left corner of the screen for a few seconds. See more »
Talking Deer Head:
Attention all fellow deer. If you find deer feed in the middle of the forest, be a bit suspicious.
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After my recent débâcle with H.P. and the H.B.P., I needed to get my mind out of a rut to continue watching films. Sunshine Cleaning doesn't disappoint - not one bit. Amy Adams is absolutely wonderful in the film, and I wouldn't be surprised if she got a nomination for portraying Rose. The casting was I believe the key for this film and it was bang on. Kind of reminds you of Little Miss Sunshine - from what I have read the team was involved - with the van also being a central figure apart from the characters. Although the storyline looks as if it would be a black comedy with the opening sequence, the movie settles down to a more modern setting dealing with the social realities of a single mom and her family. Watch it for Amy Adams. 7/10.
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