1985

1985

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1985

A closeted young man struggles to reveal his identity and dire circumstances to his conservative family in this drama shot in stark black and white.

After three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) returns to his Texas hometown during the AIDS crisis. Burdened with tragedy, Adrian seeks to reconnect with his brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with his religious parents (Virginia Madsen and 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 change the lives of those around him forever.

2019Rating: M, Drug use & offensive language86 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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All the performances are very good (though one might ask why no one has a regional accent), with stage-trained Smith providing a center of quiet intensity.

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The Times

The Times

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The dark inky frames are full of shadows and dread. Yet the narrative, and Adrian's journey, is always leavened with quiet compassion.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A moving cinematic sketch of a HIV-infected man living through the height of the plague.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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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.

4.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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1985 gets the notes right, and its foreboding look takes us back to a dark age. It's a lesson worth remembering. Yet with all the prejudice and pain, the film still feels a lot like a sermon.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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This profoundly resonant, smartly understated black-and-white film greatly benefits from more than 30 years worth of sociosexual perspective that reminds us how much has changed, yet how much else has not.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Anchored by a deeply felt central performance from Cory Michael Smith, the modest but affecting film should find a receptive niche with LGBT audiences.

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Variety

Variety

press

All the performances are very good (though one might ask why no one has a regional accent), with stage-trained Smith providing a center of quiet intensity.

0
The Times

The Times

press

The dark inky frames are full of shadows and dread. Yet the narrative, and Adrian's journey, is always leavened with quiet compassion.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A moving cinematic sketch of a HIV-infected man living through the height of the plague.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

1985 gets the notes right, and its foreboding look takes us back to a dark age. It's a lesson worth remembering. Yet with all the prejudice and pain, the film still feels a lot like a sermon.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This profoundly resonant, smartly understated black-and-white film greatly benefits from more than 30 years worth of sociosexual perspective that reminds us how much has changed, yet how much else has not.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Anchored by a deeply felt central performance from Cory Michael Smith, the modest but affecting film should find a receptive niche with LGBT audiences.

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