SUNSHINE STATE

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SUNSHINE STATE

John Sayles
USA, 2001
Fiction, 141min, OF

SUNSHINE STATE

John Sayles
USA, 2001
Fiction, 141min, OF

Cast: 
Edie Falco
Marly Temple
Jane Alexander
Della Temple
Ralph Waite
Furman Temple
Angela Bassett
Desirée Perry
James McDaniel
Reggie Perry
Timothy Hutton
Jack Meadows
Mary Alice
Eunice Stokes
Bill Cobbs
Dr. Lloyd
Mary Steenburgen
Francine Pickney
Alex Lewis
Terrell Bernard
Gordon Clapp
Earl Pickney
Richard Edson
Steve Tregaskis
Tom Wright
Flash Phillips
Perry Lang
Greg
Screenplay: 
John Sayles
Sound: 
Allan Zeleski
Camera: 
Patrick Cady
Editor: 
John Sayles
Composer: 
Mason Daring
Decoration: 
Mark Ricker
Costume: 
Mayes C. Rubeo

Production: 
Anarchists Convention 225 Lafayette Street, Suite 1109 New York, NY 10012, USA T 212 219 0360, F 212 219 0645
World Sales: 
Sony Pictures Classics 550 Madison Avenue, 8th floor New York, NY 10022, USA T 212 833 8500, F 833 79 11
Distribution in Austria: 
Columbia TriStar Laxenburgerstraße 254, 1239 Wien T 1 595 15 15, F 1 595 15 16
Format: 
35 mm
Color

As in most of Sayles contemporary films, the domineering past is the main character. Desiree, who left Plantation Island, Florida, a quarter-century ago as a pregnant teenager for points north, tries to make amends with her ghosts of yesteryear, as well as her hard-to-please mom, Eunice, while sixth-generation local Marly, erstwhile Weeki Watchee mermaid and reluctant motel manager, considers breaking with hers altogether. The future rears its ugly head in the shape of real estate leviathans poised to consume Desiree and Marlys sleepy neighboring hometowns the former mostly black, the latter largely white and regurgitate them as strip-mall zones and pricey gated enclaves. (Jessica Winter)