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4.45

Awesome54.55%
Worth A Look: 36.36%
Average: 9.09%
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Not the first AIDS movie, but one of the better ones."
5 stars

One of the better hetero-friendly movies about gays.

It has a powerful structure: it spans ten years, focusing on one day out of each year to tell the story of a group of gay men — some of whom contract HIV, some of whom don’t. Despite the subject matter, this isn’t a gloom-and-doom film; the characters are generally introduced in a scene that lets them show a sense of humor. Every time the screen goes black (signalling the passage of a year), our hearts sink — we wonder who’s going to be dead or dying this time.

The movie centers mostly on a couple in their late thirties — David (Bruce Davison) and Sean (Mark Lamos). Sean, a witty and acerbic TV writer, contracts the virus; deteriorating, he starts losing his mental faculties. David, a warm and nurturing soul, looks after Sean while keeping his own emotions in check. In the stand-out scene, David gently urges the bedridden, dying Sean to “let go.” Top-notch acting and writing (the script is by playwright Craig Lucas), plus a refusal to get bogged down in politics or self-pity.

Like many gay-themed movies, it might merit a little criticism for being too whitebread (literally) and unchallenging, but its portrait of a group of happy, well-adjusted, witty, and supportive gay men unashamed of their sexuality was, in 1990, a good step forward.

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User Comments

10/08/06 Bitchflaps Compassionate and funny, even if it skimmed some issues that I wish it could have explored. 4 stars
7/13/06 Agent Sands Makes me weep. 4 stars
8/16/04 tatum Sometimes distant, despite fine acting 4 stars
8/02/03 Darryl Depressing. But a really fine cast. 3 stars
2/14/03 Jack Sommersby Intelligent and affecting. Bruce Davison is heartbreakingly good. 4 stars
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