Parting Glances

Director: Bill Sherwood
Screenwriters: Bill Sherwood

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


It’s 1985 in New York City, and Michael (Richard Ganoung) has the best and worst that gay life offers: a handsome lover, Robert (John Bolger), who’s been sharing his life for six years; and a close friend, Nick (Steve Buscemi), who’s in the early stages of AIDS.

Parting Glances is about the joy and pain of these three character’s lives, condensed into 24-hour period. Robert prepares to leave New York and Michael to assume a U.N. post in Africa. Michael uncovers the reason for this departure and struggles with his role as nursemaid to Nick. NIck’s rock musician cynicism toward middle-class gays and his anger at the unfairness of his illness subside long enough for him to admit his true feelings. Done with style, flair and subtlety, Parting Glances is an honest, at time humorous, often touching look behind the headlines. It is different from what you might expect it to be.

Screening Details

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