Focal Point – Sunshine Cleaning (2009)
Sunshine Cleaning is a 2008 film starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Directed by Christine Jeffs and written by Megan Holley, the film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2008. It was purchased by Overture Films for distribution and opened in limited release in the United States on March 13, 2009.
In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business – a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service – with her unreliable sister. The filmmakers have said in interviews their story is based on a 2001 National Public Radio “All Things Considered” report about two women in the Seattle suburbs who started a biohazard removal/cleaning service. They are best friends, not sisters.
Sunshine Cleaning received mostly positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 71% positive rating based on 152 reviews. On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 61 out of 100, based on 32 reviews. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 25, 2009.