LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
USA, 2005
Fiction, 99min, OF

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
USA, 2005
Fiction, 99min, OF

Cast: 
Steven Carell
Toni Collette
Greg Kinnear
Alissa Anderegg
Alan Arkin
Screenplay: 
Michael Arndt
Sound: 
Stephen P. Robinson
Camera: 
Tim Suhrstedt
Editor: 
Pamela Martin
Composer: 
Mychael Danna
Devotchka
Decoration: 
Kalina Ivanov
Costume: 
Nany Steiner

Production: 
Big Beach Films 8899 Beverly Blvd. Suite 804 Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA T 310 273 67 82
World Sales: 
Cinetic Media 555 West 25th Street/4th floor New York, NY 10011, USA T 212 204 7979, office@cineticmedia.com
Distribution in Austria: 
20th Century Fox Österreich Hintzerstraße 9/3 1030 Wien T 1 523 26 29, office@dohr.net
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Dad hopes to become a motivational guru. Chubby little Olive is determined to become a prepubescent beauty queen, the «Little Miss Sunshine» of the title. That goal is not particularly advanced by her brother or her uncle, a Proust scholar coming off a suicide attempt. Mom is loving but too distracted to cook. American dysfunction! Is there anything more comically inspiring than a hard, hilarious look at the reality behind this ruling cliché? For all the exaggerations in the script, it comes closer to the truth about the way people really live - on the edge of fantasy-driven desperation - than our sanctimonies permit us to think. The whole Hoover bunch piles into a Volks-wagen bus so that Olive can take her shot at the Miss Sunshine crown. The vehicle is a perfect symbol of the family's tenuous grip on reality: only the third and fourth gears are functioning. (Richard Schickel)