Los Angeles advertisement director Max visits his friend, artist Charlie, who was diagnosed with A.I.D.S. in New York City. There he meets Karen, they are attracted to each other and after ...
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Los Angeles advertisement director Max visits his friend, artist Charlie, who was diagnosed with A.I.D.S. in New York City. There he meets Karen, they are attracted to each other and after they meet later that day at the concert, they have a passionate night. Then he returns home to Los Angeles to his family, and wife Mimi. A year later, Max returns to New York City again to visit Charlie, who is now dying, and there he meets Karen again, who is married to Charlie's brother Vernon.
According to the book "Robert Downey, Jr. - The fall and rise of the comeback kid", Mike Figgis and Robert Downey, Jr. met at Kate Mantilini's, a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, to discuss this movie. Downey arrived two hours late, barefoot, high, and carrying a purse with a gun sticking out of it. Figgis was shocked at first, but started a conversation anyway. Downey, who had lost a lot of weight because of his addiction, still expected to be offered the lead role of Max. Figgis offered him the part of Charlie, a man dying of A.I.D.S. instead. This in turn, gave Downey a shock, but after taking a good look in the mirror (and doing a line of coke) he decided to accept the part. See more »
The photo that Max takes of Charlie gets mirrored when printed (for his funeral). See more »
I absolutely love this movie. Figgis' use of music gives me chills and I don't find some of the 'coincidences', in the movie's plot too unbelievable. Rather than being a clichéd Hollywood film on adultery, I've always thought it to be a joyful celebration of life in the face of mortality. Robert Downey Jnr. milks a whole scene for comedic effect solely with the use of his owl-like eyes. While a similar scene in your average film would be knee-deep in pap miserabilism. There is something subversive in the director and actors finding humour amidst such morbidity.
But it's the music that keeps me coming back. Figgis' enthusiasm for jazz is well in evidence here and there's even a neat use of Nina Simone's 'Exactly Like You'.
Natassja Kinski and Ming Na Wen don't hurt none either.
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