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All Critics (19)
| Top Critics (9)
| Fresh (17)
| Rotten (2)
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.
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."
[Audley's] richly textured debut is assured in every choice, from first frame to last.
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.
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.
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.
Seimetz' direction succumbs to systematics and a desire to mimic her idols rather than create something entirely unique and reflective of her own talents.
What Seimetz accomplishes is a unity of camera style, acting style, editing style, and narrative rhythm; it's no small feat to make a small film this smartly assured.
In its moodiness and slow pace, it resembles Curtis Harrington's Night Tide, but it's also as funny, violent and vertiginous as George Armitage's Miami Blues.
Seimetz assuredly updates the pulp scenario with contemporary indie-film vernacular.
Musty, sticky, hot, and taut with psychopathological tension, Amy Seimetz's feature-length directorial debut is, to put it mildly, a bad trip.
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.
'Sun Don't Shine'. Highly combustible characters and tension that escalates nicely. Amy Seimetz is a talented gal! Sound design rocks too.
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.
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