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Sweet Jane (1998)

Jane, an HIV-positive heroin addict, meets Tony, a young AIDS victim with no family, and the two form a bond.

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Dr. Gordon
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Darryl
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Martielle
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Bob
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Clemenzo
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Kellygreen
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Figure
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Storyline

Jane is a drug addict who has just been diagnosed HIV-positive. Teenage boy Tony gets close to her and accepts her as a surrogate mother, but he's also terminally ill with AIDS. Written by Anonymous

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$59 (USA) (16 July 2000)

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$967 (USA) (10 September 2000)
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Jane: It's okay. I'm just gonna wash your hair.
Tony: [embarrassed that Jane is watching him take a bath] I'll wash my own hair.
Jane: C'mon, let me. I used to be a hairdresser once.
Tony: Yeah?
Jane: Yeah.
Tony: So, you didn't always do nasty stuff for a job?
Jane: No, not always.
Tony: That's good. That stuff's like underneath you, you know?
Jane: Thank you.
Tony: Don't mention it.
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Subtly wonderful...
14 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tackling the AIDS issue on film is no longer something new or novel. In fact, many independent films of the 90's have tried, in varying degrees of success, to hone in on the horrific and mysterious ramifications of this terrible disease. Sweet Jane, which inexplicably has just now been made available on cable TV, is one of the winners. Perhaps realizing the limited appeal of this heartrending genre, director Joe Gayton goes for broke, but certainly not in an over-the-top fashion. He gamely depicts the desperate world of junkies, prostitutes and have-nots, but finds time to flesh out the human element in all of the moral decay. He occasionally inserts an otherworldly feel to the more sordid proceedings, effectively producing a counter-element to the more mundane (yet essential) exposition. Samantha Mathis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are simply wonderful as the mutually put-upon protagonists of this subtly powerful film. Mathis realizes the potential that we saw in "Pump up the Volume" a few years back, and Gordon-Levitt exhibits surprisingly mature chops for such a young actor. 4 and a half (out of 5) on the Corkymeter.


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