Sunshine Cleaning

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German title Sunshine Cleaning
Original title Sunshine Cleaning
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2008
length 87:30 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Christine Jeffs
script Megan Holley
production Jeb Brody ,
Peter Saraf ,
Marc Turtletaub ,
Glenn Williamson
music Michael Penn
camera John Toon
cut Heather Persons

Sunshine Cleaning is a US tragicomedy from the year 2008 . Directed by Christine Jeffs , the screenplay was written by Megan Holley .


It is not easy for the young single mother Rose in New Mexico : As the former leader of the cheerleading team, she and her seven-year-old son Oscar keep themselves afloat with a job as a cleaner, while she actually wants to apply for a license as a real estate agent . She has a relationship with the policeman Mac, her childhood sweetheart, who is expecting their second child with his wife.

And finally Rose feels responsible for her younger sister Norah, who also keeps her head above water with part-time jobs and who is particularly hard hit by her mother's suicide . Norah often takes care of little Oscar, as does his quirky grandfather Joe.

To prevent the highly gifted Oscar from becoming an outsider at the state school, Rose wants to send him to a private school and urgently needs more money. Mac lover gave her the idea of ​​starting a business for cleaning crime scenes , which was a lucrative niche job. Together with her unreliable sister, she begins to build up an existence in this supposedly repulsive profession, and from then on cleans the crime scenes of accidents or acts of violence. The one-armed owner of a cleaning specialist helps her to gain a professional foothold.

At first she hated the job, but she also discovered beautiful sides, such as dealing with different people in extreme situations. The apparently aloof and cynical Norah cannot deal with the tragedies hidden behind the assignments as easily as her sister. She seeks contact with the daughter of a deceased person and also wants to deal with her own trauma - the mother's suicide.

One day when Rose wants to prove to her old, now wealthy school friends at a baby party that she too has achieved something, she leaves her sister with an important job, the first cleaning job for a large insurance company . This leads to an accident and the house burns down. The young company is now up to its neck in debt, as Rose wanted to wait to get an important certificate before taking out insurance in order to get better conditions.

At first, Rose cannot forgive her sister, as she has to give up her company "Sunshine Cleaning" and go cleaning again as a poorly paid employee. But finally, through the memory of the traumatic death of their mother, they find each other again and Rose can finally let go of her sister, for whom she has felt responsible for her entire life. Norah leaves relieved. Her father, who was always on the hunt for lucrative small deals, secretly sells his house and invests the proceeds in the start-up of "Lorkowski Family Cleaning" under the direction of Rose. Meanwhile, Norah embarks on her long-awaited trip around the world.


The film was shot in Albuquerque in February 2007 . The cost of production was 8 million US dollars estimated. The film celebrated its world premiere on January 18, 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival . In Germany it was shown on February 8, 2008 at the European Film Market . After the Hamburg Film Festival on September 30, 2008, further screenings at international film festivals followed . The film was released in the US on March 27, 2009. The cinema release in Germany was on May 21, 2009. In Switzerland it was shown from July 9, 2009, in Austria from August 28, 2009. On October 16, 2009 the film was approved by Alive in Germany with a rating of 12 . On the opening weekend, the film grossed just under $ 220,000 in the US, with total revenues of over $ 12 million there. Weilweit's revenues totaled over 16.1 million US dollars.


On March 10, 2009, the soundtrack for the film was released by Lakeshore Records . It contains 22 titles.


Todd McCarthy wrote on January 21, 2008 in the online version of Variety magazine that the strip was similar to the movie Little Miss Sunshine . The young female stars Amy Adams, who have an "irresistible" screen presence, and Emily Blunt would provide his market opportunities.

The organizers of the Sundance Film Festival wrote that the “delicious” comedy drama thrives on the charm of its stars. It shows the story of two people who want to improve their lives in a “distinctive and authentic” way.


The film took part in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as a competition entry, whereby Christine Jeffs was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Avy Kaufmann won the Artios Film Prize at the Casting Society of America in 2009. That same year, Emily Blunt was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Satellite Awards . In 2010 she was nominated for an ALFS Award at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for Best British Supporting Actress of the Year, while Jason Spevack received a nomination for Best Young Actor at the Young Artist Awards .

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for Sunshine Cleaning . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , March 2009 (PDF; test number: 117 213 K).
  2. Internet Movie Database : Filming Locations , accessed January 27, 2008
  3. a b c d Internet Movie Database : Budget and Box Office Results
  4. a b c d e f Internet Movie Database : Launch dates , accessed January 27, 2008
  5. Variety : film critics Todd McCarthy, accessed 27 January 2008
  6. Sunshine Cleaning , accessed 27 January 2008
  7. a b c d Internet Movie Database : Nominations and Awards

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