Little Miss Sunshine
Published: Thursday 2006-10-12.
The autumn darkness and cold is coming, and thus it is again appealing to curl up in a warm cinema to watch a feature film. The latest in line was last weekend when we went to see Little Miss Sunshine, a film that has received very good criticism in the reviews I have read.
The film is about a quit dysfunctional family, where the son has taken a vow of silence, the daughter dreams of becoming a beauty miss, the father tries to get a publishing house to publish the book he has written, the uncle is released prematurely from the hospital where he ended up after a suicide attempt, the grandfather has been evicted from the retirement home because he started taking drugs and the mother does what she can to keep the family together. We get to see what happens when the daughter takes a place in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant in California, and how the whole family takes place in a not very modern car and travel there together.
Even though it is set up for it, the film is not filled with clichés. The feature-film debuting music video directors have managed to create a film that feels fresh, and that describe a family life that perhaps is not quite normal. There are openings for a lot of laughter, but also several institutions receive a beating, among other things the film has a wonderful satire on how bad the idea of beauty pageants for little children actually is.
I agree with the film critics, this is a film worth seeing. Recommended.