Downtown: A Street Tale (2004)
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He is introduced in the beginning as a gay hustler. Only his face is shown, grimacing as he's allowing his client service him in a car. Later, we find he's living with other young in some vacant building and even allows a new couple stay there. Everyone is trying to find one's self as they take drugs, eat out of trash cans and there's even a retarded Hispanic who stutters but somehow remains innocent.
Genevieve Bujold, still quite slim though her face lines show she's well past her seventies-mid eighties heyday, plays a very straight forward no nonsense approach social worker who strives to make sense of all the madness around her. Another name from the past, John Savage has a small part of being in a wheelchair and who eventually gets robbed by the street kids.
The scene that really stands out is when a lit fused white drug addict stabs his Cuban girlfriend with her own knife. Finding out that the girl of the visiting couple is pregnant is quite anti-climatic after that. The man doesn't want to face responsibility so Bujold takes her under his wing. Though I give the movie kudos for bringing really desperate people on the screen, it's main fault for me is that I don't really feel sympathetic to any of them.
And perhaps that's the point. How can one ask society, most who are afraid of their types anyway, to care about a population that has a hard time for themselves?
The soundtrack does have songs performed by Irene Cara and Petula Clark who had a big sixties hit called "Downtown". Six years later and the homeless problems still continue.
PS. It should be known the night we were there 1500 people packed the Apollo Theatre while another few hundred had to be turned away..(I learned later) And all of these folks gave standing ovations several times. Which prompted me to write this not so idle comment.