Three Sasquatches holding sticks in the air

In the quirky, unconventional setting of "Sasquatch Sunset," the Zellner brothers craft a film that defies categorization and fascinates with its unique blend of humor, heart, and environmental commentary. A bizarre gem that turns folklore into a poignant exploration of family and nature.

Imagine the opening scene of "2001: A Space Odyssey," but instead, we have Sasquatches grunting, fighting, mating, and tripping on mushrooms. This 90-minute, documentary-style comedy/adventure follows a year in the life of a Sasquatch family, exploring their dynamics, survival, and humanity's harmful impact on the environment.

The actors (Jesse Eisenberg, Riley Keough, Christophe Zajac-Denek, and Nathan Zellner) fully commit to their roles, disappearing into realistic-looking Sasquatches. Their grunts, expressions, and hand gestures evoke every emotion possible, and their transformation is so convincing that I forget they are actors in top-notch Sasquatch cosplay.

Oh, the hilarity of watching our furry, mythical friends stumble through our man-made world! The film's portrayal of unconventional family bonds is both humorous and heartfelt, as the Sasquatch family faces trials and tribulations that are relatable.

The film's message is a delightful lesson in understanding and empathy, reminding us that we can connect with others without a shared language or culture.

Mike Gioulakis' visuals are a love letter to the Pacific Northwest, and all of its natural beauty is on full display –– I'm now inspired to take a trip out west to witness its beauty in person.

The score by The Octopus Project perfectly complements the mood, setting the tone for the wandering Sasquatches. It conveys a range of emotions, compensating for the absence of spoken dialogue.

The Zellner brothers blend absurdist humor with reflections on the human-nature connection, creating a unique experience that balances light-hearted antics and physical comedy with deeper themes of survival and belonging.

"Sasquatch Sunset" is an original idea with distinct storytelling, unforgettable performances, and a mix of humor, heart, and environmental commentary. Though it may not be for everyone, those who appreciate its unconventionality will find it to be one of the funniest and most touching films of the year.

You have to see it to believe it!