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1985 (2018)1985 (2018)

1985 (2018)

A brilliantly-acted family drama set during the height of the AIDS epidemic

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.5

movie

United States of America

English

2018

Yen Tan

Aidan Langford, Bill Heck, Bryan Massey

85 min

Synopsis

Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

Our Take

8.5
Bilal Zouheir

1985, a movie from 2018, was made like it was filmed during the year it’s about: it’s shot on gorgeous black-and-white Super 16mm film.

Not that it would be needed, but this minimalist setting puts a spotlight on the ensemble cast of this well-acted drama based on an award-winning short film.

In particular, the central one by Cory Michael Smith (Gotham, Camp X-Ray). He plays Adrian, a man visiting his conservative family in Texas from New York, so gently at times and explosively at others, it’s a sight to behold.

Adrian, estranged from his family for three years, visits them to find a way to tell them that he has AIDS.

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