After several months of watching nine to ten minute chapters at a time, I finally finished SUNBURN last night and I really enjoyed it! It's not anything monumental, just a cute, sweet and sometimes sadly and refreshingly honest story about a group of Irish kids who immigrate to the U.S. and try out the American dream, living in Mantauk, Long Island. They get odd jobs, party, fall in love and make the kind of mistakes kids often make trying to figure themselves out. Davin McDerby (Cillian Murphy) isn't a perfect person or character. He's made quite a few stupid mistakes in life, the worst occurring right before he leaves Ireland. While in Mantauk, he falls for Aideen (one of Murphy's BFFs, Paloma Baeza who is great as always!). They'd make a perfect pair, but when Aideen accidentally finds out that Davin has a big secret, she's hurt and angry, and instead of being in denial about his huge mistake, he's forced to acknowledge it.
There are several people in the film, but the only other two who are well developed are Robert Fiske (Barry Ward) and a woman he falls in love with, Carolyn (Ingeborga Dapkunaite). The end of the movie is a little sad, but at the same time, rather fun to watch, romantic in a surprising way. Why this film isn't available on Region 1 DVD is a mystery to me!
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