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Sunlight Jr. (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 January 2015 (Japan)
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A Florida couple deals with an unexpected pregnancy while holding minimum wage jobs.

Director:

Laurie Collyer

Writer:

Laurie Collyer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Melissa
Matt Dillon ... Richie
Tess Harper ... Kathleen
Norman Reedus ... Justin
Antoni Corone ... Edwin
Adrienne Lovette ... Vivian
Keith Hudson ... Micky
Beth Marshall ... Molly (as Beth Marhsall)
Yvonne Gougelet Yvonne Gougelet ... Kristi
Teo Castellanos Teo Castellanos ... Jorge
David Hoyt David Hoyt ... Darth
Fawad Siddiqui Fawad Siddiqui ... Jamshed
John Archie John Archie ... Tom
Casey Cook Casey Cook ... Cody
Leyla Lawrence ... Nurse
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Hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa and her disabled boyfriend Richie are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. Their luck may be changing when they learn that Melissa has become pregnant. But as soon as she loses her job and they get evicted from the motel they live in, their joy vanishes. Written by Freebasedog

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Marcas da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Clearwater, Florida, USA

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Richie: Mmm, what are you doing, babe?
Melissa: Going to work. It's rainin'.
Richie: No. I'll drive ya. I gotta cash my check.
Melissa: Well, hurry up. I'm gonna be late.
Richie: Well, good morning to you, too.
[sitting up]
Richie: Hm, look at you.
Melissa: What?
Richie: You look great. I love that color on you.
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Moving, though-provoking movie with stellar performances by Watts and Dylan
9 October 2013 | by elizaamonSee all my reviews

Sunlight Jr., staring Naomi Watts and Matt Dylan doesn't sugar coat anything and that's a good thing. The subject of the movie, the working poor, along with stellar performances make for an intense, deeply moving and though-provoking film.

At heart a love story, the movie reveals the tremendous obstacles minimum wage works face to have a decent life in this country. Watts is haunting in an understated performance as Melissa, a convenience store worker with dreams of going to college and improving her life. She's in love with Richie (Dylan) a paraplegic, who also wants to make a better life for himself and protect her from her menacing ex-boyfriend, played wonderfully by Norman Reedus.

The beauty of Melissa and Richie's love shines through the bleak circumstances of their lives in Florida through convincing dialog that focuses as much on what's left unsaid as on their actual words. On the whole, Sunlight Jr. is a poignant and believable story conveyed by enormous talent—- I bet Dylan wins an award for this amazing performance!


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