SUNSET OVER MULHOLLAND DRIVE
Tucked away at the end of Mulholland Drive, an unconventional retirement community is home to many of Hollywood’s early alumni, whose hopes and dreams are still thriving.
This heartwarming documentary follows many of the residents of the Motion Picture & Television Fund as they navigate their everyday lives in this very idiosyncratic senior living facility. In the midst of motorized scooters, canes, and dogs being slowly pushed in strollers, this community has one unified passion bringing them together: Hollywood. Former screenwriters, producers, and actors all inhabit this bustling society that is still brimming with imagination and aspirations. In a creative writing class, the students are asked to ponder questions like, “What would happen if Rick and Ilsa from Casablanca met once again in their old age?” Classic films are screened frequently; lessons in both love and life abound; and each resident seems to have his or her own ambitious project to tackle. From writing a book about how to stay married without killing each other to making a short film about Santa Claus’ ex-wife, residents are surrounded by mutual creativity. Both hilarious and inspiring, Sunset Over Mulholland Drive is an intimate portrait of a community that demonstrates that one’s zest for life doesn’t, and shouldn’t, diminish with age.
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