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1985 pays tribute to a generation of lost lives with a powerfully made look at how HIV and the social attitudes surrounding homosexuality affect one man's choices.
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It's a beautifully acted film. In the dark days of the epidemic it would surely have been impossible to make a drama so balanced, so compassionately attuned to everyone's feelings.
1985 feels like a missing minor classic from the decade that preceded the rise of the so-called New Queer Cinema.
A moving cinematic sketch of a HIV-infected man living through the height of the plague.
This profoundly resonant, smartly understated black-and-white film greatly benefits from more than 30 years worth of sociosexual perspective that reminds us how much has changed, yet how much else has not.
All the performances are very good (though one might ask why no one has a regional accent), with stage-trained Smith providing a center of quiet intensity.
It is a haunting elegy for a generation of gay men.
The writer-director offers no easy solutions, relying instead on a stellar cast and nuanced responses.
Tan shoots stylishly in black and white 16mm, each frame a tasteful photograph. What's most skilful, though, is the way he succeeds in complicating archetypes.
The dark inky frames are full of shadows and dread. Yet the narrative, and Adrian's journey, is always leavened with quiet compassion.
A poignant footnote to a monumental crisis.
Writer-director Yen Tan, expanding a same-subject short film, takes his tale slowly, letting the drama breathe and the cast essay "being" rather than "acting".
A touching film that becomes both an emotional requiem for a lost generation of gay men and a heartfelt declaration that things could only get better.
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