Shot on black and white film, which gives the movie an authentic, grainy, period look, the exquisite 1985 is directed and co-written by Yen Tan. Beautiful in its simplicity, all filmmaking elements come together with perfection to create an utterly absorbing, deeply moving film with fine performances all-round.
Cory Michael Smith stars as Adrian, a young gay man who’s been living in New York in the midst of the onset of the AIDS crisis. He returns home to Texas for Christmas after three years away, intending to tell his religious and conservative parents (Michael Chiklis and Virginia Madsen) that this might be the last time they see him.
Also at home, his younger brother Andrew (beautifully played by Aidan Langford) is growing up to be a sensitive and artistic young man, giving up sports for drama, much to his father’s disappointment.
Adrian arranges to meet up with an old girlfriend (Jamie Chung) who he’d cut out of his life and in a moving scene he opens up to her about his life in New York.
Available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download now in the UK from Peccadillo and from Wolfe Video in the USA.
Highly recommended. Not to be missed. ★★★★★