West of Sunshine (2017)

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A father has less than a day to pay back a debt to a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he is forced by his ex-wife to look after their young son. As he grows increasingly desperate in his ways to pay back the debt, he is taken on a journey to confront his addiction and let go of his past.

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

In the modest but sneakily affecting Australian father-son drama "West of Sunshine," your sympathies for a problematic dad come and go in waves, sometimes within the span of a few seconds.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] handsomely lensed slice of life ...

Sep 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Fatherhood gets an incisive examination in "West of Sunshine," the short, sharp and rewarding feature debut of Australian writer-director Jason Raftopoulos.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Hill and Perham are a real-life stepfather and son, which probably helped with the ease of the acting. Both, though, deserve credit for excellent, affecting performances.

Sep 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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All of the performances are at least solid, and for an indie, the production value is impressive. It won't reduce you to a weeping mess, but at 78 minutes it's a trim, satisfying drama that does justice to its inspirations.

Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

[T]he drama isn't in the debt or the potential violence. It's in wondering if it's too late for a guy like Jim.

Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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