February 02, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

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

”The gloaming” is a Scottish term for the time of day when twilight changes to night, and each of these 10 elegant love stories captures such a dark, transformative moment. In In the Gloaming, the delicate yet wrenching title piece (already filmed twice and included in ”The Best American Short Stories of the Century”), a mother bonds with her 33-year-old son for the first time — feeling ”like a girl with a crush” as he lies in bed dying of AIDS.

While melodrama mars some tales, Dark’s more typical fare — searing stories of faithless husbands, rivalrous sisters, and a classic about a middle-aged rogue who learns that his much younger girlfriend might be his daughter — showcases her exquisite use of irony.

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