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Sun Don't Shine

Sun Don't Shine (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Written and directed by actress/filmmaker Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture, Upstream Color and Pit Stop), Sun Don't Shine follows Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) on a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. From the outset, the purpose of their journey is unclear, and the motivations behind their heated altercations and shady errands are hazy, but sporadic moments of tenderness illuminate the loving

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

Unspools like a Françoise Sagan novel: purposefully, enigmatically and with a raw emotional purity that makes its volatile central couple appear even more defenseless than they really are.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Writer-director Amy Seimetz's oddly sunny film noir is a classic tale of young lovers on the run, reminiscent in tone of the darkly comic moments in Terrence Malick's "Badlands."

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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[Audley's] richly textured debut is assured in every choice, from first frame to last.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Seimetz hasn't quite figured out how to sustain long-form tension; by the time this modest microindie noir starts laying its cards on the table, your attention will have already folded.

April 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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This unconventional, unsettling couple-on-the-run tale works best as an exercise in ambiguous atmosphere.

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Although the film may not always be as aesthetically involving as better-budgeted productions, the performances are really the point, so by keeping focused on her actors Seimetz succeeds in making it all work.

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Seimetz assuredly updates the pulp scenario with contemporary indie-film vernacular.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

Musty, sticky, hot, and taut with psychopathological tension, Amy Seimetz's feature-length directorial debut is, to put it mildly, a bad trip.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Working wonders on a tight budget, Seimetz uses handheld cameras and tight compositions to create an air of claustrophobic intensity interspersed with moments of ragged beauty.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Like seemingly everything that Seimetz touches lately, it's great. Confident, stylish, and with a remarkable sense of place, Sun Don't Shine truly works.

April 23, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

This is the feature directorial debut of actress Amy Seimetz, and while it doesn't quite go all the way, it demonstrates an interesting sense of style and a firm handle on expressing an inner world on film.

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Amy Seimetz's intoxicating slice of genre revisionism earns its "neo" prefix, envisioning a brightly sinister world where desperation is the new normal.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

'I gotta take a route that don't make sense,' Leo says, explaining his haphazard getaway plans, and his remark becomes a sort of mission statement for the lost, hapless, maladjusted and not particularly intelligent souls who inhabit this 'mumblenoir.'

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Amy Seimetz' feature debut Sun Don't Shine haunts and thrives.

October 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch
Twitch

The sun don't shine but you may find it quite hard to breathe, such is the tension of Amy Seimetz's impressive debut feature, which uses the oppressive, sultry heat of Florida to accentuate the over-bearing atmosphere.

June 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Sun Don't Shine

'Sun Don't Shine'. Highly combustible characters and tension that escalates nicely. Amy Seimetz is a talented gal! Sound design rocks too.
April 27, 2013
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A sullen and violent man and his jealous and manipulative girlfriend flee from cops in central Florida. Good performances and sporadic emotional outbursts can't save this tale of lovers on the run that covers familiar ground too slowly.
June 9, 2012
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