Holding The Man (2015)
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Critic Reviews for Holding The Man
Meant as a passionate chronicle of a great love, and a sobering reminder of the stigma of AIDS, the pic blandly conjures these sentiments and stands as one of the more wrong-footed evocations of coming out in the 1970s and '80s.
An affecting and unexpectedly funny tale of two lovers who had the misfortune to come of age during the burgeoning HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980's.
Here's a true story, honestly told, that will see audiences genuinely moved.
Though it never shakes off its stage-play origins, it's a touching piece, clear-eyed about the temptations, disapproval and tragedy the couple endured.
Audience Reviews for Holding The Man
Beautiful and affecting. I was not expecting such a graceful love story and poignant tragedy, even though I knew this film was about a gay relationship set in the 1970's and 1980's, during the height of the AIDS panic. Decent acting all around, with Corr of particular note. If you want a good cry over strength, love, loss and injustice, "Holding The Man" is a great place to start.
Very moving. Have to admit, I tried to read the book a few years back and couldn't get into it, so I was a little worried I may not like this either. However, it was a rare case where the movie was better (or maybe just me at the time I tried to read the book). Not much I can say about the plot - gay couple who meet in their teens in the 70's, their lives and families and eventually succumbing to AIDS. Yes, there was a few tears and frustration at the parents attitudes.
The jumps in time can be a bit distracting (even though I understand the point and it makes sense for the film to be structured like that), but this is a very sad, tragic story told in a very honest way and with excellent performances by Ryan Corr, Craig Stott and Anthony LaPaglia.
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