Sunset Stories

| August 18, 2013

Sunset Stories is a uniquely charming romantic-road-comedy-adventure tale about losing baggage. May, a high-strung nurse, is sent to Los Angeles to retrieve bone marrow for a transplant, but soon after arriving, her world is turned upside down when she runs into former flame, J.P. Upset and unnerved because of this surprise encounter, a distracted May loses the cooler containing the marrow and must embark on a search through the streets of Los Angeles to track it down. With only 24 hours to find the cooler, May and J.P. embark on a wild and unpredictable search that helps her discover that just when you think all is lost, you find what you least expected.

This is a hilarious, heart-warming movie about May, who is chosen by the hospital administrator to fly from Baltimore to Los Angeles to pick up the bone marrow. While at the hotel, after she makes the pick up, she sees her ex-boyfriend who is a musician. Afterward, she runs into an obnoxious guy who tries to pick her up. When she runs into this guy later, he is sitting at the bar with J.P., and out of spite, he takes the cooler that contains the bone marrow. May is out of her mind, and even though she has treated J.P. poorly in the past, even leaving after he proposed to her, he is resigned to helping her find the cooler.

May uses fairy tales to help in the therapy that she gives her young cancer patients at the hospital, and it seems a fairytale keeps her from going completely bananas, once she sets her sights on recovering the cooler. Afterward, she learns that the obnoxious guy has had the cooler stolen from him. She connects the next thread to a young artist who had snatched the cooler. As she tracks down the artist, May is impressed with the artist’s work, which seems to be all over town. But, unfortunately, the artist tells May that she trashed the cooler in a dumpster.

The next stop is an old bag lady that forages for trash every night. One quirky person after another, May gets closer and closer to the cooler, but she’s never quite at the right place at the right time. But along the way, she learns things about J.P. that she didn’t know before she just left him like a thief in the night. J.P., played by Sung Kang, is trying to go along with May, even after she initially won’t tell him truly what is at stake. The loss would be great for May, played by Monique Gabriela Curnen. Not only would she not get the bone marrow back to Baltimore within the required 24 hours, but the prospective patient’s life would be in jeopardy, as well as May would lose her job.

A film by Ernesto Foronda and Silas Howard, Sunset Stories touches on many lives in sunny Los Angeles, but the lives that are most changed in this sweet, mellow story are the two lives that had been torn apart many years earlier.

Look for Sunset Stories on VOD from FilmBuff.


About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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