1985

It is a haunting elegy for a generation of gay men.

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1985

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.
Genre
Drama, LGBT
Runtime
85
Language
English
Director
Yen Tan
Cast
Cory Michael Smith, Aidan Langford, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung
FEATURED REVIEW
Dan Callahan, TheWrap

Prepare to break out the handkerchiefs several times during writer-director Yen Tan’s “1985,” a deeply emotional tearjerker and family story set in a year when an HIV diagnosis was effectively a death sentence. This is a realistic, discreet, yet exploratory film that earns its tears honestly and ...

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