About Sunny (2011)
Average Rating: 7.2/10
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Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2
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A loving mother struggling with her failings as a responsible parent is forced to examine her ethical boundaries in this independent drama from director Bryan Wizemann. Angela (Lauren Ambrose) is a single parent in her early thirties who looks after her eight-year-old daughter Sunny (Audrey Scott) while holding down two jobs in Las Vegas. Angela clearly cares for her daughter, but she has a hard time keeping a decent job, and her appetite for alcohol, drugs, and men occasionally leads her into
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This often feels like a European art movie in its naturalistic detail and propulsive editing, though writer-director Bryan Wizemann localizes this style with resourceful location work and sharp, idiomatic dialogue.
A showy vehicle for producer-star Lauren Ambrose, whose emotionally volatile character comes off as unsympathetic and practically bipolar, the overly contrived, hard-to-swallow script undermines viewer compassion.
It's a worthwhile recession-era drama built around a terrific performance.
A sad, wrenching but admirably unsentimental film about the bravery of the human condition that truly deserves a bigger audience.
Many viewers will lack the emotional fortitude (or cinematic masochism?) to withstand About Sunny. But for those who can, there is, at the center of its interminable sadness, a beautiful portrait of the sacrifice a mother will make for her child.
Lauren Ambrose has a career-high turn in Think of Me, writer-director Brian Wizemann's smart, suspenseful, intimate film.
This is a chilling and illuminating film. Too bad the ending feels hollow.
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