Longtime Companion
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One of the first films to offer a thoughtful treatment of the AIDS epidemic and its effects on the gay community, Longtime Companion was directed by Norman Rene, who would die of AIDS himself in 1996. The ensemble drama is told through a series of vignettes that begins with the first New York Times report on the mysterious "cancer" that had resulted in the deaths of a growing number of homosexual men and ends eight years later, after the disease has thoroughly and devastatingly affected the movie's close-knit core group of characters.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the better hetero-friendly movies about gays."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Formally unadventurous, a little PBS-y, but undeniably moving as it evolves."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A sensitive film that helps us understand the bravery and gallantry of those who have been forced in the prime of life to confront death and grief."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Bearing the burden of being the first film about AIDS, Longtime Companion (which premiered at Sundance Fest) had the task of placing the crisis on the national agenda, which meant a gentler, kinder tone; even so, it's a touching, nicely acted feature"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A touching story, a bit preachy, but daring for its time."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Exceptional ensemble, heart-wrenching"
‑ Sarah Chauncey, Reel.com
"Good, but not as good as Parting Glances"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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