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  • Summary: Sunset Story is a funny and intimate documentary drama that will make you think differently about growing old. Set against the backdrop of a retirement home for political progressives, the film goes inside the world of two women, Irja (81) and Lucille (95), whose feisty engagement with life draws them together inextricably. (Gabbert/Libresco Productions) Expand
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  1. Utterly unsentimental, deeply moving.
  2. One of the strengths of Sunset Story is that it introduces us to a pair of extraordinary women who have kept their dignity and independence in a world that conspires against them having either. The story of Lucille and Irja may break your heart, but it will also make your day.
  3. You probably won't find two more fascinating camera subjects, two livelier conversationalists or two richer, more rewarding, more engaging and inspiring companions in any movie, fiction or non-fiction, this year.
  4. 80
    Friendship is portrayed here in its finest form.
  5. 80
    The result is a wonderfully humorous take on a seldom-broached subject.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Tender, sensitive Sunset Story sidesteps a maudlin tone for a wide-ranging account of two fragile but opinionated retirees.
  7. It's a poignant, realistic depiction of the ­elderly, far from the typical view of them as quaint and useless.

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