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Curse of the Sunset Starlet (2012)

 -  Short | Drama | Family  -  25 April 2013 (USA)
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Zarianne gets an unexpected visit from her horror film starlet mother who abandoned her years ago. Her mother claims she is dying but is she a drifter, grifter or ghost who has come to destroy her daughters family?


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Gigi (Oscar nominated Sally Kirkland) abandoned her young daughter, Zarianne (Kathleen Wilhoite; Gilmore Girls, ER, Greys Anatomy), to pursue her dreams of movie stardom but instead becomes a starlet in horror films. Years later, Zarianne is a single mom and artist who creates portraits entirely out of butterfly wings. Her bickering kids are 12 year old Ryder and 14 year old Tate. Gigi returns to Zarianne claiming she is dying and seeking redemption for leaving her motherless. But is Gigi a drifter, grifter or ghost who will destroy their family? Only Tate, Ryder and a mysterious swarm of Sunset Moths hold the secret. Written by anon

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Haunting story of a family laying to rest a ghost of the past.
24 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poetic and moving short that deals with the return of a family nightmare. This has the delicacy of The Glass Menagerie and a sense of fantasy that carries wisdom and truth inside. In this short film, the Sunset Starlit is brought to life through the use of radiant butterfly imagery. The horrors of family life are convincing, so are the terrors of feeling unparented and adrift.

The film is a fantastical reenactment of a family trauma. The relations between parents and children (and grandparent and grandchildren) are evocatively explored, so the feeling of a climactic healing rings true. I loved it, especially the beautifully weird performance by the horror-movie mother who "returns from the dead." The director, Lori Precious, has a way with children -- better than that, she convinced me that her magical vision has its roots in reality. She exposes the underside of Hollywood lives and Hollywood dreams.

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