ByMichael Laskaris, writer at
Brooklyn-based yoga practitioner, writer/editor and self-educated film buff.
Michael Laskaris

This heartbreaking ensemble piece was the first wide-release film to cover the AIDS epidemic (WAY before hetero-centric production teams appropriated the topic for such vanilla flicks as “Philadelphia” and “Dallas Buyers Club”). Outstanding performances and direction make this unbearable topic digestible. Us members of the “Younger Generation” can forget how privileged we are, and this film puts everything in perspective (I’m so, SO grateful to have missed the 1980s). It’s a vintage gem that deserves to be re-discovered. Bittersweet, poignant, terrifying.


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