Opening with one of the most memorable if not best shots in the history of documentary film, Dazzling Light of Sunset is primarily a visceral visual experience but also a great introduction to contemporary Georgia.
Chiar meandru care se face nu fel ci scop poate să surprindă lumină drăgălașă și zâmbăreță înrădăcinat în viața obișnuită de zi cu zi ca oaspeți în o cununie care dansează la "Gangnam Style," copii plictisiți văzând o imagine despre Biblia și un bucluc dimprejurul unei bufnițe unice în un satului mic.// "カンナムスタイル"に合わせ踊る結婚式の来賓客、聖書についてのビデオを見る退屈そうな子供たち、珍しいフクロウを巡る小さな村の楽しい騒動……目的化した"取り留めのなさ"こそが何気ない日常に宿る愛おしく微笑ましい輝きを捉えられるのだ。
Not sure I'd have recognized this as documentary if it hadn't been labeled that way. Sits, in tone & style, at some ecstatic cinematic intersection of something like Gomes' Arabian Nights, Fellini's fantasized realities, Kusturica's Underground, dare I say Parajanov (grudgingly, Roy Andersson)... All appropriate, given themes of subjectivity, staging & theater. A bit underdeveloped, but I enjoyed this immensely. 3.75
The film consists small features on of simple lives Georgians as covered by a tiny news team. The affirmation of these everyday stories and moments when constructed as cinema raises the nobility of the common to art. Salome Jashi sequences and edits to keep our attention and composes some artful frames. The news crew provides an original context for exploring the beauty of the everyday and far away.