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Well, this obviously was a very important film to some people, even though it's "just" an HBO-movie: There are a number of names appearing here or associated with it: Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Alfred Molina all have big roles in this and Brad Pitt was a producer. That is why I'm surprised at the mediocre quality of this piece. It attempts to be Arthouse, but doesn't quite manage. Yet it's not the tear-jerker it has the potential to be, either. The first third entirely failed to grab and hold my attention and the cast only brought out the strong acting in the second half. The piece was too lengthy, suffering from erratic and indecisive editing. the plot could have used some condensing, too. Ultimately, the story didn't amount to much. The characters' suffering seemed pointless and didn't involve me as much as I would have expected. I'd even go as far as to say that Stephen Fry's two-parter docu "HIV and Me" had a lot more impact on me than this dramatisation.
Wow, now this sounds like I thought this was a bad film. It's not. It's just not as good as you'd expect or as it could be. And what's shocking is that now, 30 years later, we are still no closer to curing HIV...
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