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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
Audience Award LA Film Fest
Special Jury Award Tribeca Film Fest
"A terrific film! Tremendously moving!"
"Candid, comic, and utterly poignant." -Filmmaker Magazine
"An abundance of wisdom and courage, and plenty of warmth and humor...lingers in the heart long after it is over."
½ "Vital...wonderful! A beautiful little film." -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "Deeply Moving." -Chicago Reader
Sunset Hall in downtown Los Angeles is an unusual place: a retirement home for political radicals, artists, and lefties. However, politics is not the focus in Sunset Story; rather, this is a film about an extraordinary friendship. Irja, 81, and Lucile, 95, are both Sunset Hall residents, who arrived within weeks of each other and have become fast friends. . They've outlived most of their peers, and their relationship provides crucial emotional sustenance for them, as they mutually face the trials and difficulties of aging and the continued political injustices of the world. Their tenderness with each other is deeply moving, and Irja is a spectacular model of aging gracefully. They openly acknowledge their very different personalities and histories - Lucille is Jewish, as are many of the residents, and Irja is not. Such differences are a constant source of amusement, as when Irja insists on involving the indifferent Lucille in making "Happy Chanukah" signs in Hebrew. Filmmaker Laura Gabbert communicates her love for her two subjects with a beautifully light hand, letting these two remarkable women speak and act for themselves, since it is their feisty engagement with life which inextricably brings them together.
Directed by Laura Gabbert, U.S.A., 2003, 35mm, 73 mins.