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Sunset Story


Picture: C+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: B-†††† Documentary: B-



Lucille and Irja are 95 and 81 years old respectively and Laura Gabbertís documentary Sunset Story (2003) is a charming, amusing, entertaining and bittersweet look at their lives and the spirit to still be individual thinkers and highly political at that.They know what they like, what they think, and no one is going to change their minds.The feature has had a good reputation since its debut and for the most part, it is well deserved.


Unfortunately, it only runs 75 minutes and there was much more to say and do.More questions could and should have been asked, while even more history than the personal lives of the ladies who are the practical leads would have been nice, but the other thing that does work here so well is the time spent on side stories with the other elderly residents.It is sad as always when it seems like they do not know where they are, why they are there, may have been dumped in this place (no matter how nice it is) and miss the homes they once had.In contrast, Irja and Lucille seem to be more able-bodied simply because they were more open and politically minded.It is something to think about.Sunset Story is worth your time.


The 1.33 X 1 NTSC analog, videotaped image is fine for its age and as clear as it is going to get.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo actually had Pro Logic surrounds, in part because of Peter Galubís score, but this sounds good for a program that was taped on sight.Extras include two audio commentaries, deleted/extended scenes, a trailer, poster gallery, bios, 2003 LA/IFP Film Festival Q&A and background info on Sunset Hall.These extras really enhance the main program, so you wonít want to miss this on DVD.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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