Secret Sunshine

Secret Sunshine ★★★½

This film can be different things to different people and be equally effective in any of its interpretations. Even as the film piles awkwardness and suffering upon its character, it never feels exploitative or emotionally manipulative, maintaining a restrained tone entirely devoid of melodrama. Put simply, Secret Sunshine shows how religion uses us and how we use religion. A film about the lies we tell ourselves in order to live, it suggests that there may be no bigger lie than religion—but also acknowledges that sometimes lies are necessary.