Sweet Jane (1998)





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Drug user Jane (Samantha Mathis) lives on the streets, but Jane's addiction puts her in the hospital after she overdoses. A doctor determines she's HIV-positive and plans tests, but she slips away and returns to the streets. She's followed by sick teen Tony (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who sees her as a substitute mother. The two assist each other and use stolen cash to move into a nice hotel. However, Jane is helpless once Tony begins dying of AIDS. Shown at the AFI/Los Angeles Film Festival.
NR (adult situations)
Art House & International , Drama
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Bud Cort
as Therapist
Mary Woronov
as Saleswoman
William McNamara
as Stan Bleeker
Nicki Micheaux
as Martielle
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Critic Reviews for Sweet Jane

All Critics (1)

Smartly uses a minimalist, edgy, Wim Wenders-style score to communicate the emptiness of a life doomed to be cut short.

May 26, 2004

Audience Reviews for Sweet Jane

Heartwrenching and charming, characters I legitimately care about, great story, great acting... Underrated and full forced.

Martin Maldonado
Martin Maldonado

Very touching!

Leo L
Leo L

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Also known as Lepers in some countries, Sweet Jane is a fairly ordinary story about drug addiction, prostitution and HIV/AIDS, brought to life by a superb performance by Samantha Mathis (Pump Up The Volume, American Psycho) and equally capable support by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Plainly directed and with a dowdy color scheme, the film succeeds in its first hour at showing a descent into a kind of hell on earth, before turning into a mawkish and sentimental movie-of-the-week in the final 25 minutes. The ending is also a little overplayed, though does allow for some nice symmetry and some beautiful photography.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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