Directed by Partho Sen-Gupta
Inspector Joshi is a grieving father searching for his daughter Aruna, kidnapped years ago when she was six. In his despair, life converges with a recurring dream in which Joshi pursues a shadowy figure who leads him to 'Paradise', a night-club where teenage girls dance to a leering crowd. He is convinced he will find Aruna there and vows to bring her back to Leela, his broken wife.
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★★★½ review by Simon Curry on Letterboxd
Just a few quick thoughts right after my screening.
This is the type of film for me. It's dark, it makes me feel real emotion during the run time. Haunting and arresting and brutal and captivating. Performances where outstanding and surprising. The talent of the kids is astounding. Q and A was insightful and intriguing.
★★★★ review by Jason Coffman on Letterboxd
Honorable Mention in my 2015 Recap: medium.com/@rabbitroom/2015-recap-part-2-honorable-mentions-five-favorite-documentaries-five-non-2015-releases-158fa9b39380#.huwu66yx5
Detective Joshi (Adil Hussain) is obsessed with tracking down a serial child killer. He is so driven that he neglects his traumatized wife and seems to live only in the dark of an endless, rainy night. Everywhere he goes leads to the same place, the seedy club Paradise where underage girls dance for a leering audience. Meanwhile, a young girl named Aruna (Komal Gupta) is kidnapped and prepared for work in the club by its vicious owners. As Joshi wanders the streets, Aruna is in more danger with every passing moment. SUNRISE is a bleak, surreal psychological thriller that follows its protagonist on a terrifying spiral into despair. Its beautiful cinematography and powerful performances conjure an atmosphere of dread that would make any serious horror filmmaker envious.
★★★½ review by Justin Decloux on Letterboxd
A neon nightmare drenched in endless night and rain. I didn't expect such an elliptical narrative that didn't have the slightest interest in offering answers.
★★★½ review by b rad on Letterboxd
Atmospheric, beautiful film. Narrative and so on kind of obvious, but effective filmmaking.
★★★★ review by Cineshots Blog (Jesue Valle) on Letterboxd
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2015
This makes me very curious what this director will come up next. He knows what he's doing. Every decision is the right one. Those nightclub sequences will stay in my mind for a long time.
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