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Lucille and Irja are retired residents of Sunset Hall, a Los Angeles home for the elderly. Residents of Sunset Hall are retired radicals; they have retired from work but not from protesting against injustice. Bitter Lucille considers herself a realist. Wheelchair-bound Irja is sunny and optimistic. Lucille was raised a Jew but always aspired to assimilate. Irja wants to explore all sorts of new traditions. Through the lives of these women, Sunset Story shows the life at Sunset Hall: teachers, a dancer, an engineer, a social worker, and others, all living out their golden years in a unique environment. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Life Affirming
7 December 2004 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

The previous review does a good job summing up the plot points. What I want to impress upon you (regardless of ideology) is the magnitude by which this film celebrates friendship. These poor, elderly (but rather active and funny) women that find a reason to live in each others company. It was endearing to hear the old timers quick quips and loving smiles. Their genuine care for one another and minor bickering were all cushioned with an underlining deep love. The joy in the film is watching the comradely between the ladies as they make their journey through their last leg in life. A true testament to friendship and friendship as an invaluable asset to life. Obviously these women knew that they were rolling downhill, but rolling downhill doesn't mean you can't throw your hands in the air and have a little fun with the ride.


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