Based on the memoir of the same name. Tim and John fell in love as teenagers at their all-boys school. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it, until the only problem that love can’t solve, tried to destroy them.
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TV. Something of Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto" here, not according to its non-chronological narrative but its structure by periods with songs and actions. No Aids in the other film, just the pure voluntariness of being, being also one of Jordan's best films and reasonably ignored. This one is a television movie with no special attractions but watchable in its programmatic determination.
Tough viewing. The early parts when their relationship is starting is really nice, then it hits you with the really heavy stuff that I personally found hard to sit through. Also partly because I found it a tad on the boring side during the mid and later parts of the film. Ryan Corr is terrific as Tim though. One of the better performances from 2015 that I've seen.
I was thinking: is this one of those "bury your gays" trope" even though it is biographical? The fact that it is filmed.
"Holding the Man" is bittersweet. A Romeo and Julia-esque portrayal of two human beings in love for 15 years. So many hindrances on the way, so many trials.
It was difficult to watch the end.