Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunshine Cleaning

Crime scene clean up is indeed very lucrative. And to my knowledge, no one has ever made a movie about it until now. Briefly, two sisters (Amy Adams and Emily Blunt) lost their mother to suicide when they were kids- leaving Adams to hold her flighty dad (alan arkin) and angry sister together as a family. It's obvious that she took care of things for them. But it leaves her as a former cheerleader still clinging to her now-married-to-someone-else boyfriend and working as a maid. She starts a business, with her sister, as a crime scene cleaner. And it goes from there. Adams has mastered the skill of acting with her eyes. You don't have to watch the rest of her face- just her eyes. Other actresses have to work with everything they have. Because Adams projects a basic goodness and sweetness, the film has you rooting for her. It is not a brilliant movie, but it is unique. And there is somehow a kindness to this film- a feeling that most of the people in it are truly decent and are just trying to keep it all together. I would recommend it for that alone.