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Sasquatch Sunset       review by Bobby Blakey

There are films that come along that offer up an idea that makes little to no sense or is so far out there that it seems like no way it could work. The latest is Sasquatch Sunset from directors David and Nathan Zellner and only four people in the cast including Riley Keough, Jesse Eisenberg, Christophe Zajac-Denek and Nathan Zellner serving double duty. Add to the mix Midsommer, Hereditary and Beau is Afraid director serving as Executive Producer and you have and interesting line-up, but could this strange premise work or will it not be worth the legend of the bigfoot?

Sasquatch Sunset follows a family of Sasquatches-possibly the last of their enigmatic kind who embark on an absurdist, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey over the course of one year. These shaggy and noble giants fight for survival as they find themselves on a collision course with the ever-changing world around them.
 

I will start this by saying that this film will not work for everyone and probably not for most. There is a unique vision here that is strange, beautiful and absurd all at once with a deeper message than you might see all through the eyes of these four sasquatches. With all the actors unrecognizable in full impressive make up it is easy to submerge yourself in this journey and the weirdness of it all.
 

There is zero dialogue throughout the entire film with the only sounds being that of them grunting and hooting in whatever language they are communicating with. Surprisingly, there is still a lot of depth with the clan as they maneuver on their journey of laughs, heartbreak and discovery. I found myself compelled by every frame with not only the actors going all into perfection, but a lush forest setting becoming a character all its own. They 
 

made great use of the wildlife and surroundings to embellish the lifestyle and direction they take as we follow them on their yearlong life adventure.

 

You have to be willing to let this world exist and the absurdity of it all does its thing for it to work for you. If you go all in there is a beautiful movie here unlike anything we have seen in some time. If you keep your mind closed, then this will never connect with you on any level. From the trailer I figured I would enjoy this film since I tend to like strange films, but the legitimate brilliance of its execution was unexpected. Not since Rubber have, I found a film as strange and interesting as this one that shockingly worked so well.
 

I loved this film in all its bizarre, hilarious and heavy nature and hope that it finds its voice for years to come. Open your mind and decide for yourself and check out Sasquatch Sunset available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Bleeker Street.

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