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The Event (2002)

Cast: Parker Posey, Parker Posey, Olympia Dukakis, more...
Director: Thom Fitzgerald, Thom Fitzgerald
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Studio: Velocity Home Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 110 min.
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Canadian filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald directs the sentimental ensemble drama The Event. Nick (Parker Posey) is a district attorney investigating several deaths in the gay community of New York City's Chelsea District. It seems that many AIDS sufferers have died under similar mysterious circumstances. Each case suggest the use of assisted suicide, which is illegal in New York. HIV-infected cellist Matt (Don McKellar) has died of a drug overdose following a large party in Manhattan given by his family and friends. Nick first questions his lover Brian (Brent Carver), who runs an HIV support clinic. Still looking for answers, she interviews Matt's closest family members, including his mother Lila (Olympia Dukakis), his younger sister Dana (Sarah Polley), and his older sister Gaby (Joanna P. Adler). Meanwhile, Nick battles with her own past secrets involving her family back in New Jersey. The Event premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

the event by hobocamp January 21, 2005 - 12:15 PM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A touching AIDS drama that gives the characters a little more dignity than most other AIDS dramas. Yet it is still just another AIDS drama centered around gay men. As if only gay men get AIDS. But Parker Posey still brings to it that certain quality only she can. Worth watching just to see her playing such a serious role as detective. You'll also want to call your mom after you watch it and tell her you love her.

It's not over yet, folks by Leiata July 12, 2004 - 12:56 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This movie was very well done, and highly emotional. Olympia Dukakis' performance is show-stoppingly beautiful. Although it takes a while to get caught up into this movie, once you do, you're in for an exceptional ride, watching the struggle of a man dying with AIDS, and the options he and his friends and family have to work with. The characters are somehow stereotypical; the bulldog investigator, the friendly but realistic dying man, the caring family member, the not so caring family member, the drag queen, the gay friends, the straight friends...but in the end, the story and performances overshadow this, and you are left with the feeling that you were there as it happened, and would never wish the experience on anyone. It once again brings home the crisis, this epidemic we are faced with, some of us on a more intimate level then others. It made me want to run out and volunteer for the cause, donate whatever I could, if only to move the human defenses one small step forward.

Tough Subjects by talltale May 28, 2004 - 5:30 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
THE EVENT is so uneven that, particularly in its early scenes, it may put off some viewers. This is a shame because, if you last it out, you'll discover it grows better and deeper as it moves along. Olympia Dukakis gives an extraordinary performance; she takes the film to another level and nets it an extra bump up the rating scale. The rest of the cast is quite good, although Parker Posey could be better. She garbles too many of her lines, and one gets a little tired of rewinding in order to figure out what she said. The AIDS crisis is not over, as this film points out, while also championing euthanasia. However, the film also makes clear that helping a life to end is not an easy task. Like abortion, euthanasia is never something to be "in favor of." In a caring society, however, it's an option. THE EVENT gives legitimate voice to these ideas, and for that--plus some lovely writing and acting--it deserves attention.

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