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A Beautiful Sunset

A femme drama that aims at Strindbergian intensity and ends up merely pompous, "A Beautiful Sunset" at least tries to say something about the lives of women through the generations. But any potential power is quickly dissipated by its preciousness and unpleasantly self-regarding protagonists.

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With: Marisa Paredes, Ana Torrent, Marta Larralde, Chema Munoz.

A femme drama that aims at Strindbergian intensity and ends up merely pompous, “A Beautiful Sunset” at least tries to say something about the lives of women through the generations. But any potential power is quickly dissipated by its preciousness and unpleasantly self-regarding protagonists. “Sunset” could glow faintly in femme-centered arty fests.

Rosario (graceful Marisa Paredes), her cynical middle-aged daughter Elena (Ana Torrent) and Elena’s troubled daughter, Beatriz (Marta Larralde), head to a mountain hotel for a weekend. Unbeknownst to the others, Rosario has an incurable disease. Meanwhile, Elena’s husband asks her to tell her mother, Rosario, he can’t stand living with her any more. Meanwhile, Beatriz wants to get away from her boyfriend. To complicate matters, Elena’s lover Fernando (Chema Munoz) turns up at the hotel. Perfs are fine, particularly from Paredes, but they are limited to the recital of dialogue that tends to be theatrically confessional. Humor, which might have lightened up the navel-gazing, is non-existent. Visuals are nicely composed by d.p. Carlos Suarez, but the perpetually soft hues add to the generally enervated air.

A Beautiful Sunset

Spain

Production: An El Paso release of an El Paso PC/Matrojavier production. Executive producer, Oscar del Caz. Directed, written by Alvaro del Amo.

Crew: Camera (color), Carlos Suarez; editor, Irene Blequa. Reviewed at Malaga Film Festival (competing), May 2, 2003. Original title: Una preciosa puesta de sol. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: With: Marisa Paredes, Ana Torrent, Marta Larralde, Chema Munoz.

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