Sunshine State

sunshine stateFilmmaker John Sayles with no hesitation continues to be my favorite classic independent American filmmaker. With a nod to Altman, Sayles spent his life creating a depth of stories using ensemble casts from all walks of life. Sunshine State released in 2002 weaves stories of characters both trapped and hopeful living in a small northern Florida ocean front town. Perhaps one of the most diverse and talented ensemble casts ever assembled, Sunshine State stars Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, James McDaniel, Timothy Hutton, Miguel Ferrer, Gordon Clapp, Mary Steenburgen, Mary Alice, Bill Cobbs, Ralph Waite, and Alan King who heads the Greek Golfing Chorus. Sunshine State exposes the sad state of our consumer culture, more interested in suburbanizing pristine land than in preserving its natural beauty. Sunshine State explores lost dreams and lifelong grudges waking characters up to the reality of their lives and the possibility of positive change amidst new relationships. Sunshine State serves up lazy, quiet scenes filled with detail and beauty. John Sayles proves he is a master filmmaker. 5 out of 5 for the quiet intelligence of Sunshine State.

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