FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL REPORT #1
Sunshine State, the new John Sayles effort is a Floridian version of a Robert Altman flick - multiple story lines dealing with real estate developers speculating in a black beach community near Jacksonville (obviously based on the real black community, American Beach). Eddie Falco leads a great cast through a sprawling 144 minutes, or which only the first 30 or so are sluggish. In true Sayles style, there are no explosions or major characters turnarounds - just weird and wonderful Florida living on display (and Sayles nails the wackiness dead on). My favorite line - a guy dressed as a Civil War re-enactor tells his ex-wife You gotta stop living in the past!