1976. Montreal. Eight people who wanted to see and be seen at the trendiest disco will be juggling fame and anonymity until they will be forced to make sober choices in an era when excess was the norm, and when disco was king.
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It took awhile to like this film--the first few moments, I was beginning to assume it was just another period piece throwing disco music and wide lapels at us. Instead, this film is what "Last Days of Disco" should have been--a dark film with a message. The hanky moment at one-hour 40 minutes into it. Instead of a single club focus, this film dips into the culture beyond a club and focuses, like SNF, on the conflict disco dance clubbing created between families and when promiscuity and drugs shattered families. It also throws in a current with the business of music and disco--when artists were cheated out of royalties and the transitions some one-hit wonders were able to undergo to sustain themselves and careers while others faded into oblivion and a haze of drugs.
The conflicted character of Tino serves as a perfect representative of those men then, and now, who saw the need to fulfill cultural obligations to raise a family, yet a craving to satisfy their innate, birthright.
FYI: white party in this film refers to participants wearing all-white, not the 1990's circuit parties.
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