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In the Gloaming (1997)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 20 April 1997
Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.

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Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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20 April 1997 (USA)  »

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Director Christopher Reeve's wife, Dana, sings the song "In The Gloaming" during the credits, and his son plays the boy in the opening scene. See more »

Quotes

Danny: Come on. Don't tell me you finally asking about my sex life.
Janet: No. I'm asking you about your love life. Did you love? Were you loved?
Danny: Yes.
Janet: Good.
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Referenced in Glee: Dream On (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Young and Healthy
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Dick Powell and chorus girls
From 42nd Street (1933)
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Sad and beautiful
14 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

My first observation was the beauty of the landscape. The New England area must be one of the most beautiful places on earth, especially in autumn when the leaves turn gold and red. The writers use this fact to their advantage when they set their story in such heavenly surroundings.

Then when I heard the music (piano only) I said to myself this is going to be a sad film, or may be overly sentimental.

As the story progressed, I sensed that here was a family whose members lived independent lives until the son comes home to die of AIDS. In this new situation the family is scarcely able to cope and they employ a nurse (Whoopi Goldberg) as a carer. There is a moving scene where the nurse virtually teaches the mother (Glenn Close) how to express her love towards her sleeping son. "Touch him" she says.

There are many scenes between the mother and son when thoughts about their respective lives are exchanged. It is as if they are getting to know each other for the first time. The dialogue in the film is mainly between mother and son. All the other characters while still important have much less to say.

The film has a gentle quality about it. All the characters repress their thoughts and feelings apart from an occasional outburst of frustration that tends to liven up the sad circumstances. We have seen films about dying AIDS victims before so there is nothing new here, except for the beauty of the setting. All those trees aflame in the sunset and an empty garden seat definitely accent the sadness suffered by the family.


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