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TIFF 2018 Review: “Sunset” (2018) ★★★★★


The past is a gift that defines our future. But if we try to get back to it to learn, lets say, a dark secret, expect nothing else but tons of unpleasant truths that can burn anyone alive.

Shot in 35 mm, the latest piece fromLászló Nemes (Son of Saul), which is another instant classic from him, turns Juli Jakab into Írisz Leiter, a woman who is eager to work as a milliner at a very famous store that belonged to her late parents who died when she was two. But when she was shown the door with zero chance of getting hired at the hat store, she changes her focus towards the past as soon as she learns that she might be having a brother she’s never met.

Irisz was repeteadly told – Go back and never return. This jubilee week will have blood flown. However, she by then had no idea that the hunt for truth can truly take people’s lives, and hers is one of them. But by the time when she realizes that, it will be too late for her to reverse her decision as the spiral of unfortunate events begin unfolding one by one and she gets closer to the answer that will shatter her mind.

Shot in 35mm, the latest from László Nemes (Son of Saul) focuses on a young woman eager to work as a milliner at a legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents, but when she is turned away by the new owner, she embarks on a quest to uncover her lost past.
László Nemes’ first film since his heart-rendering debut feature, Son of Saul, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016, is an equally impressive piece of filmmaking. Cut, in many ways from the same cloth as its predecessor, Sunset takes a highly personal and distinctive look at another period in his country’s history.

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