End Of The Week Shorts #8.1 extract: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Entirely endearing, Little Miss Sunshine is a perfect movie, one that poignantly explores three ideas: losers, winners and fears.
With great performances all around, a brilliant script and good direction, Little Miss Sunshine is then about living your life in face of the momentum of the world around you - a concept perfectly captured by the image of the van that they are always running to catch up to. As a road movie, this van is an integral part of the journey, but what we grow to find out is that this narrative is not so much about the the road, the destinations or the stops along the way, rather, the family within this yellow VW Campervan. With the world soaring by, it's only this bubble that matters, one that constructs its own definitions of "loser" and "winner" whilst fearlessly doing what it feels it has, wants and needs to do.