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1985

(Rated M)

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"I promise you are not as different as you think you are."

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Overview

Fort Worth, Texas. 1985. Adrian Lester (Cory Michael Smith) returns home for Christmas after several years living in New York City. Still closeted to his conservative family, Adrian is waiting for the right time to share his recent AIDS diagnosis with his Reagan-voting parents (Michael Chiklis and Virginia Madsen). Finding solace in his precocious pre-teen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) and estranged childhood girlfriend Carly (Jamie Chung), he must come to terms with lost friends, past loves and his own uncertain future in this delicate, deeply emotional drama from writer/director Yen Tan.

"Intelligent, surprising and emotionally resonant ... Cory Michael Smith’s performance is a quiet marvel in a movie that’s superbly acted all around"
— The New York Times
"Stylish and heartbreaking ... a touching, lo-fi drama"
— The Guardian
"There’s a heartfelt authenticity to this kind of simple and irresistibly likeable filmmaking that is damn-near priceless to behold."
— The Playlist

Why You Should See This Film

Shot on black-and-white super 16mm film, 1985 takes a hypnotic look at a pivotal moment in American history while paying tribute to those many voices now unheard. Virginia Madsen's quietly staggering performance is just one many grace notes in this small miracle of a film as it wisely speaks to the power of empathy and family in healing intergenerational trauma.

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  • Year: 2018
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Yen Tan
  • Cast: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis
  • Duration: 86 minutes
  • Language: English
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