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One of the most talked-about movies of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, this film, directed by Jon Shear, recalls the edgy, aggressively-political qualities of early '90s queer cinema such as Poison (1991) and Swoon (1991) -- and throws in a few nods to Martin Scorsese's late-night New York City odyssey film After Hours (1985) for good luck. Dashing young yuppie Charlie (Dan Futterman) is losing control of his life after the loss of his longtime companion Chris (Matt Keeslar). Alone in his apartment, he can hear his upstairs neighbors (Bill Sage and Megan Dodds) engage in noisy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the boldest entries in 2000 Sundance Fest, Shear's impressive debut is a darkly intriguing drama that probes the nature of love and lasting effects of loss, beautifully played by Dan Futterman (who later became known as the scripter of Capote)"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Superb parts and a muddled whole is one way you can describe this eventually incisive look into one man's homosexuality."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"It's dark! It's edgy! It's all pretty trite and tiresome!"
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"An impressive feature debut about the nature of love and loss, as felt by a group of characters, some of which gay."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The disorienting film takes devious delight in layering various versions of the stories so that we feel like we're jurors looking into a courtroom lined with funhouse mirrors."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A provocative and cathartic story about the impossibility of retribution and the challenge of redemption."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Shear skillfully captures [a] steamy atmosphere and takes his time to develop Charlie into a rounded character."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
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