Sure to find many fans as it rolls out across streaming. It's a tender, emotionally powerful and gratifying drama that doesn't offer hollow redemption. Also plays with a degree of artifice in its casting and restraint of setting (a quiet club) that gives it a nice all-American subversion. The importance of offering a transmission to those who will have no understanding of our lives really struck me.
AIDS crisis films are my kryptonite, turning me into a sad broken heap. This begins as a serious version of Make The Yuletide Gay but ultimately transforms into something more delicate and subtle. Focussing on the epidemic through the lens of family is unique heartbreaking perspective. Madsen, Chiklis and Michael Smith give powerful performances. Last shot is highly symbolic, an act of love that feels like a eulogy.