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622 Ratings

Sun Don't Shine

Directed by Amy Seimetz
United States, 2012
  • English
  • English


Sun Don’t Shine follows Crystal and her boyfriend Leo as they travel across Florida to escape Crystal’s haunting past and embark on a new future together. As they travel, we are introduced to their complex relationship and the mystery of what brought them to this point in their lives.

Our take

The directorial debut from actor turned filmmaker Amy Seimetz (She Dies Tomorrow), this gripping, widely praised indie is centered around an unforgettable and captivatingly intense performance from lead performer Kate Lyn Sheil (The Girlfriend Experience). Co-starring director Kentucker Audley.

Sun Don't Shine Directed by Amy Seimetz

Awards & Festivals

SXSW Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award (Special Jury Award)

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | 3rd place: Best First Feature

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2012 | Winner: Best Undistributed Film

2013 | Nominee: Best First Feature

AFI Fest


Sun Don’t Shine is itself a battle between the raw and the cooked, as these two wunderkinder, along with fellow multi-hyphenate Kentucker Audley, contend with casting a tried-and-true thin-thread lovers-on-the-run plot into the realm of pure character study.
September 20, 2013
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Sun Don’t Shine," a dreamily compelling lovers-on-the-lam movie, unspools like a Françoise Sagan novel: purposefully, enigmatically and with a raw emotional purity that makes its volatile central couple appear even more defenseless than they really are.
April 25, 2013
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In this wondrously accomplished and furiously expressive drama blending the moody rambles of a road movie with the tightly ratcheted criminal tension of a film noir the director Amy Seimetz, in her first feature, captures the wildly flailing energy and exhausted torpor of grinding frustration as well as the flickering grace of stifled dreams.
September 10, 2012
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