Closing Numbers

Director: Stephen Whittaker

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


Although AIDS has been part of the story line of many films. it has rarely been dealt with as it affects heterosexuals and certainly not this sensitively. When Anna, living a privileged and secure middle-class life, discovers that her husband has been having an affair, she is of course outraged. But she is even more shocked to discover that her husband's lover is a man. When she is forced to confront the reality of her husband's bisexuality, another world opens up for Anna. Guided by, ironically, her husband's now ex-lover Steve she learns about the horror of AIDS and becomes aware that not only might her husband be infected. but she may have the disease herself.

Avoiding melodrama. this restrained and realistic production is extremely effective in chronicling the cold, harsh realities of the AIDS epidemic. Through strong performances and nuanced. careful direction. Closing Numbers makes its points without overt sentimentality, connecting instead to very human and universal sensibilities

Friday Jan 21 3:30 pm
Park City Library Center

Friday Jan 28 4:20 pm
Holiday Village Cinema II


— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screening Details

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