In this searing drama, grieving characters flay each other with mutual recriminations while enduring the death of a loved one. Close friends of AIDS patient Gavin (David Bonney), who intends to commit suicide with their help, invite his family to share Gavin's final moments. Gavin's business partner, Anna (Marie Theodorakis), has obtained lethal drugs, they don't hasten Gavin's peaceful passing as planned and his best friend, Charlie (Vince Colosimo), finishes him off by suffocation rather than watch him suffer. Charlie is consumed with guilt and troubled by his younger lover’s roving eye, while Anna
engages in a turf war with Gavin's mother, Margaret (Judi Farr), who feels excluded. The memorial service is a disaster during which Margaret asks Anna about Gavin’s will and Charlie complains bitterly about a fair-weather friend's crocodile tears. Margaret and her daughter-in-law decide to return home, but Margaret insists that her son, Simon (Nathaniel Dean), stay behind to collect Gavin’s ashes. Though they share their grief, Gavin's mourners are unable to move on with their lives. Once united as care-givers, Charlie and Anna don't want to share the responsibility of being the keeper of Gavin's flame. Charlie, who resents Anna's controlling personality, lashes out when she begins an affair with Simon. She in turn castigates him for the violent way Gavin died. Charlie’s lover dumps him and Simon returns to his wife. The common ground Charlie and Anna once shared has radically altered, and they may never be able to reach a truce in the shadow of Gavin's horrible demise. Before the film lapses into too many scenes of sexual healing, director Tony Ayres and writer Roger Monk brilliantly evoke the period of grieving that follows a terminally ill person's death.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: NR
- Review: In this searing drama, grieving characters flay each other with mutual recriminations while enduring the death of a loved one. Close friends of AIDS patient Gavin (David Bonney), who intends to commit suicide with their help, invite his family to share Gav… (more)