John Sayles makes warm movies about people. If we should be able to understand the story with the sound off then it's safe to say the story here is about people in their place, their environment, moving in and out of various settings, observing, talking, reflecting, acting out their courses of action. Sayles makes talking pictures so to grasp his story fully we need to hear what the people are saying, for like a good book the details of the pasts and the intentions add many layers. This one is about familiar Sayles themes of land development, crime, small business and big, and above all, community, and the links between people at various stations within their community, and the motivations that drive them. Interconnectedness, and our value on the land, how we value the land we live on, and how the land shapes people's drives. In some ways Sunshine State is a preparation for Silver City, a sprawling cross-section of people's lives and the threads that tie it all together. The two films work well together. Both contain their amusments and more serious tones, but in some ways Sunshine State is the more evocative, the warmer film, more interested perhaps in basking in how well we seem to go with our natural surroundings when we allow ourselves to fit in with nature, instead of subjugating it. To be conscientious gardners who inhabit the garden. Lovely lovely stuff.