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Son of the Sunshine (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 October 2011 (Canada)
A socially disconnected young man with Tourette's Syndrome undergoes an experimental surgery to correct his disorder, but as his symptoms start to fade so does his ability to heal the sick and dying.


Ryan Ward
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Ward Ryan Ward ... Sonny Johnns
Rebecca McMahon Rebecca McMahon ... Arielle
Shantelle Canzanese Shantelle Canzanese ... Meryl Johnns
JoAnn Nordstrom ... Liz Johnns
Steven L. Bird Steven L. Bird ... Leonard Johnns
Craig Porritt ... John
Robert Skeates Robert Skeates ... Jackie
Jordan Duarte ... Doug
Don Tjart Don Tjart ... Dr. Morgan
Eden Genovese Eden Genovese ... Baby Meryl
Jesse Potter Jesse Potter ... Sonny - Age 5
Gal Amit Gal Amit ... Sonny - Age 11
Rachel Salem Wiseman Rachel Salem Wiseman ... Arielle - Age 7
Amanda Kistindey Amanda Kistindey ... Mother on Subway
Isabella Achoneftos Isabella Achoneftos ... Toddler on Subway


Immersed in the dingy world of low-income housing and diagnosed at age 11 with Coprolalia Tourette's Syndrome, Sonny Johnns cries out to a world that has left him by the wayside. Using money saved from years of government disability he takes part in an experimental surgery promising to rid him of his violent outbursts. With his symptoms eradicated Sonny feels he is finally experiencing life for the first time. But as his disorder begins to vanish so too does a divine ability of which only he and his sister Meryl are aware; an ability that saved his sister's life and upon which Sonny may need to call again. Written by Ryan Ward

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Love heals.




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14 October 2011 (Canada) See more »


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CAD 100,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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supernatural indie
8 August 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Sonny Johnns suffers from Tourette's Syndrome. He lives with his angry sister Meryl and weak-minded mom Liz in a rundown house in Toronto. He saved up his disability money to pay for an experimental surgery. Meryl moves out to live with uncle Leonard. Sonny recovers without his symptoms. He meets a drunken wild Arielle and moves in with her. They encounter a woman hit by a car and he tries to save her. His supernatural powers are gone. Meryl tells Arielle of a childhood incident. Liz's abusive boyfriend tells Sonny of a shocking secret about his father.

The first half has a nice low life indie feel. The supernatural stuff comes out of nowhere in the second half. It would be nice to have foreshadowing in that opening montage of Meryl falling off the bridge. A flashback is also needed when Meryl tells Arielle of that incident. This is an interesting indie with ambitions.

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