Surprisingly, the love story between two kids is not the key point here — it is just the background of the main issue. Being in love, Claire enters an adult world, which she wasn't ready for. She starts drinking, smoking and hanging out with older girls, wasting time on the parties and doing other stuff she's never even liked. The main conflict is in Claire's solitude. She is still too young, so she doesn't realize what happens to her life; she's completely lost. In this case, she needs her mother or elder sister to be here for her to prevent from making all these horrible mistakes. But they are absent as they are busy with their own lives. That is the message Sunburned gives us. Relatives are sometimes blind to each other's problems, and this may lead to terrible consequences.
Though showing love between two kids is risky at some point, in Sunburned it worked perfectly. Young actors Zita Gaier (Claire) and Gedion Odour Wekesa (Amram) looked very natural on the screen, so the relationship between their characters didn't look too embarrassing or romanticized. It was rather realistic, profound and heart-touching.
The picture helps to get the vibe of the movie. Landscapes and still life pictures fit perfectly into the story. The film contains some extremely impressive scenes, like one of the kid's games, where Claire is running around the beach in a fox mask trying to catch others. It is a good metaphor, as far as wild foxes are the symbol of the movie and the object of Claire's interest. She's curious and wild; she's a true rebel just like the fox, and that is why such a story happens to her.