Sun Don't Shine
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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 bond between the two that exists underneath their overt tensions. As the couple travels up the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Seimetz assuredly updates the pulp scenario with contemporary indie-film vernacular."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"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."
‑ Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"Amy Seimetz' feature debut Sun Don't Shine haunts and thrives."
‑ Chase Whale, Twitch
"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.""
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Musty, sticky, hot, and taut with psychopathological tension, Amy Seimetz's feature-length directorial debut is, to put it mildly, a bad trip."
‑ Dan Sullivan, Film Comment Magazine
"Amy Seimetz's intoxicating slice of genre revisionism earns its "neo" prefix, envisioning a brightly sinister world where desperation is the new normal."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"[Audley's] richly textured debut is assured in every choice, from first frame to last."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Daily News
"This unconventional, unsettling couple-on-the-run tale works best as an exercise in ambiguous atmosphere."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"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."
‑ Brian Tallerico, HollywoodChicago.com
"'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.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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