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Sun Don't Shine (2012)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  10 March 2012 (USA)
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A couple takes a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida.

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"Sun Don't Shine" follows Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) on a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. As the couple travels up the Gulf Coast the disturbing details of their excursion gradually begin to emerge, revealing Crystal's sinister past and the couple's troubling future. Written by Amy Seimetz

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6 August 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, without subtitles, I was at times a little lost and had to look up in a review who actually killed Greg (referred to as Dead Man here on IMDb)... Finding out (or not) doesn't change all too much for this film though, in which the sun, in spite of its title, hardly ever stops shining - still, darkness lurks...

There are lots of beautifully shot scenes, although I did at times wish Seimetz had put in some static shots for balance. Soundtrack-wise, it is quite fascinating, too. The more dreamy parts make the reference to 'Badlands' (Malick) I read about elsewhere, spot on. But there are also much darker tones, that set in straight from the start and then recur regularly - as this is not just a deeply romantic story, but it is also very much touching on paranoia, sex and death. But a violent climax, which I expected for a while (ever since that bloody dream), did not arrive. In itself, not a problem.

A problem I díd have with 'Sun...' is the writing. About some logics, for instance: why are they so actively paranoid about the police all the time if they are still in the process of covering up their crime? And then there are lots of interactions that didn't really win me over, a good example of which is the silly story of Crystal when they're in a bar. And I wouldn't blame it on the acting, mind you, which I enjoyed quite a bit - mostly by Lyn Sheil, whose looks reminded me again (after 'Silver Bullets') of a young Meryl Streep.

(A big) 6 out of 10, which couldashoulda been a lot more. Still looking very much forward to more by Seimetz (and Lyn Sheil).


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