Sunset Story


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)



“The story of Lucille and Irja may break your heart, but it will also make your day.”

- New York Times | Manohla Dargis

Sunset Story has such an abundance of wisdom and courage, as well as plenty of warmth and humor, that it lingers in the heart long after it’s over.”

- Los Angeles Times | Kevin Thomas

“A wonderfully humorous take on a seldom broached subject.”

- Los Angeles Times | Kevin Crust

“That such a place even exists may seem extraordinary, but director Laura Gabbert wisely doesn’t trumpet Sunset Hall itself. Instead, her vid-shot doc reveals what a special place this is through the vector of her heroines, Irja Lloyd and Lucille Alpert.”

- Variety | Robert Koehler

“It’s the cinematic equivalent of looking up at the sky and taking a good deep breath.”

- LA Weekly | Chuck Wilson

“A terrific film; tremendously moving.”

- NPR | Henry Sheehan