About Sunny (2011)
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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.
The film's final panorama is a beauty and a marvel, a horizon where light may just be breaking, where traffic lights may stay green, where day is promised over the glittering, populated horizon.
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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