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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #74. Laurie Collyer’s Sunlight Jr.

Sunlight Jr.

Director/Writer: Laurie Collyer
Producer(s): Charlie Corwin, Ariel Elia and Andrea Roa
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Naomi Watts, Norman Reedus, Matt Dillon

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s been a half more than a decade since Collyer broke out with her micro-budgeted Sherrybaby and we’ve been waiting for her her second fictional feature ever since. The trio of players (Norman Reedus, Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon) could pan out some ripe results.

Gist: Melissa Winters (Naomi Watts) works as a cashier in a convenience store. It’s a dead end job, one dollar above minimum wage, but it’s as good as she can get. Her boyfriend, Richie Barnes (Matt Dillon) is permanently disabled from a motorcycle accident he had years ago. A former television repair man, Richie now lives month to month on a government disability check. He would love to get a real job, but instead, he drinks. Sunlight Jr. is a social issue film disguised as a love story. Melissa and Richie live together in a motel in Florida.

Release Date: Mystified that this wasn’t announced as a Sundance selection – we imagine this could only be a high profile selection at some upcoming film festival.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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