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In the Gloaming

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In The Gloaming

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Glenn Close, Bridget Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Sean Leonard
director:
Christopher Reeve
genre:
Drama, Gay and Lesbian

We gave it a B-

Christopher Reeve made his directorial debut with In the Gloaming, and given his condition, it’s a rather inspirational achievement. There’s no question that he works well with actors, and Glenn Close in particular gives a nuanced performance as a long-suffering mother. That said, the film is troubling in ways one doubts Reeve intended. The story of a gay son (Robert Sean Leonard) dying of AIDS who returns to his buttoned-up suburban family, the film is curiously buttoned up as well. The words AIDS and gay are never mentioned, and few scenes suggest Leonard feels any physical discomfort — yet the restraint seems more morbid than uplifting. Ultimately, this is a disease-of-the-week flick, a genre that seems more and more like emotional pornography. B-

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