One of the best reviewed gay films of 2018 takes us all the way back to 1985.
Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (“Gotham” star Cory Michael Smith) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him.
Shot on black-and-white Super 16mm film by acclaimed writer-director Yen Tan (Pit Stop, Happy Birthday) 1985 takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family. The film has been earning terrific reviews from critics. Film School Rejects called it “Richly hypnotic… a rare, miracle of a film.” The New York Times said it’s “A moving cinematic sketch… The film’s intimate consideration of still-enormous issues is intelligent, surprising and emotionally resonant.”