1985 Reviews

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July 2, 2021
Gorgeous grainy black-and-white sheen - the feeling of sparse quiet, the unspeakable made manifest...
October 2, 2020
1985 ends up hitting you in a powerful yet understated manner.
September 17, 2020
A remarkable film featuring an absolutely stunning performance by lead Cory Michael Smith.
July 21, 2020
One of those little masterpieces that... are very much worth discovering. [Full review in Spanish]
June 11, 2020
Everything is treated with the delicacy that is required to share this painful story. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 29, 2020
[Cory Michael Smith's] performance supports the entire film. [Full review in Spanish]
April 4, 2020
Yen Tan embraces the quiet, and embraces the domesticity of central-American life, celebrating what makes an American family something worth aspiring for, while equally exploring the troubles that are inherent with that life.
June 23, 2019
Assuming you can go home again, the visit might not be the smoothest ride of your life. That sad concept resonates through Yen Tan's drama, set in the nightmare onset of AIDS.
May 15, 2019
...marked by beautiful black and white cinematography, quietly moving performances and a sustained mood of tenderness and terrible pain.
May 14, 2019
Tan stresses the tragic dimension of the story, but also its ordinariness. It's a tale of a boy and his family that could be played out in any American town, in 1985 or today.
May 4, 2019
A quiet, heartbreaking film that never overdoes the melodramatic trappings of its story.
April 25, 2019
All of the acting is very good, although some American commentators have remarked on the fact no one has a Texas accent. This won't matter much to an Australian audience.
April 25, 2019
...humbly pairs a desire for normalcy against a larger moment in history, with consequences that bleed into the personal.
April 25, 2019
What really distinguishes the film is that it gets deep inside this broken family without becoming histrionic or accusatory. Tan avoids any hint of sentimentality, concentrating on the pain instead.
April 23, 2019
A fantastic little gem of a film that succeeds due to its wonderfully nuanced performances, stellar filmmaking and the honest and genuine approach of its storytelling.
March 21, 2019
...a film with a quiet effective power.
February 14, 2019
The writer-director offers no easy solutions, relying instead on a stellar cast and nuanced responses.
December 23, 2018
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.
December 21, 2018
The dark inky frames are full of shadows and dread. Yet the narrative, and Adrian's journey, is always leavened with quiet compassion.
December 21, 2018
A poignant footnote to a monumental crisis.
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