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Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning
  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 91 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Christine Jeffs
  • Written by: Megan Holley
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Jason Spevack, Mary Lynn Rajskub, with Steve Zahn, and Alan Arkin
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Two sisters (Adams and Blunt) set up a business to disinfect crime scenes in this small town tragicomedy. A solid if unexceptional script by first time writer Megan Holley offers fodder for some well-tuned performances but the devil is in the details, with the bile and blood being too icky to generate laughs and a subplot disappointingly underdeveloped.

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Sunshine Cleaning

11 Aug 2009

Last chance to see Christine Jeffs’ darkly humorous tale of blood, guts and familial bonds at the cinema. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt star as crime scene-cleaning sisters. GFT, Glasgow, Mon 17–Wed 19 Aug.

Christine Jeffs interview

25 Jun 2009

Kiwi filmmaker Christine Jeffs (pictured centre right) wasn’t the obvious choice to direct the American indie comedy Sunshine Cleaning. Her previous two features, the New Zealand marital breakdown drama Rain and the British dead poet biopic Sylvia…

Sunshine Cleaning

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