Sunshine State (2002)

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Set in Plantation Island, Florida, a place where local real estate development is changing a modest beachside community into an upscale, resort for winter-weary Northerners. The long-time locals are divided on whether to cash in or stand their ground. The newcomers are eager to enjoy the good life and/or make a quick buck. Plantation Island, like its residents, is in transition. Marly Temple has given up her career and her marriage to Steve is over. She begins a tentative romance with Jack Meadows, a landscape architect recently arrived to transform a section of the island. In the next town, Desiree Perry has returned to visit and show off her new anesthesiologist husband, Reggie. Sent away by her proud parents after she disgraced them by getting pregnant at 15, Desiree, like Marly, pursued a career in show business. But instead of Broadway or movies, her appearances have been limited to industrials and infomercials. Still intimidated by her strong-willed mother Eunice, Desiree returns to find that her little hometown of Lincoln Beach, an African-American enclave created during the era of segregation, is, like its neighbour, being eyed by developers. Both Marly and Desiree grapple with the sometimes-overwhelming weight of family history and family expectations, and wrestle with questions of love, duty and responsibility. A portrait of two women, two families, and two communities standing on the brink of change.

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