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1985 (2018)



Critic Consensus: 1985 pays tribute to a generation of lost lives with a powerfully made look at how HIV and the social attitudes surrounding homosexuality affect one man's choices.

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Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, "Gotham") 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 (Academy Award Nominee Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Golden Globe Award Winner Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung, "The Gifted"), 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, "1985" takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.

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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 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A poignant footnote to a monumental crisis.

December 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Writer-director Yen Tan, expanding a same-subject short film, takes his tale slowly, letting the drama breathe and the cast essay "being" rather than "acting".

December 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a beautifully acted film. In the dark days of the epidemic it would surely have been impossible to make a drama so balanced, so compassionately attuned to everyone's feelings.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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1985 feels like a missing minor classic from the decade that preceded the rise of the so-called New Queer Cinema.

October 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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