This starts off with a totally decontextualized scene pitched at a high level of dramatic intensity. This movie held my interest partly because I wanted to make sense of that scene. Not sure what voiceover added-- was the intention to show the tenderness that the relationship once had? It emphasized how childlike Sheil’s character is, making the relationship creepy, as opposed to giving the movie a wistful feel.
Is it fair to say it's Badlands meets The Little Mermaid? Each stretch of highway is a another hypnotic mile that digs Crystal and Leo further into the situation. This one will get to you. Lots of pain and sadness mixed with childhood nostalgia and a bit of humor.
The ambiguous structure and indie inflection of this little neo-noir cannot mask the utter banality of its story or the blandness of its characters. Seimetz's reference point is clearly Malick's Badlands, but Sun Don't Shine doesn't have the physical beauty, emotional pull, understated malevolence, or clear-sighted vision of that masterpiece. This one is immediately forgettable.
Sun Don't Shine is a fierce and mysterious debut film from the talented Actress Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die) that could teach many horror films a thing or two about creating dread, emotion and encroaching tension. A throwback to films like 'Badlands' & 'Two Lane Blacktop' with a pinch of 'Repulsion'. Unmissable filmmaking that felt both emotionally true and elusive at the same time. My fav film at SXSW.