I had some reservations about seeing this film as the plot synopsis I’d read seemed incredibly bleak. However as it was the next film to be screened at Cineworld when I arrived this afternoon, so it was to be.
Alan Cumming is Rudy, a gay man living in NYC in the 1970’s – longing to be a singer by day, and performing in drag at a bar by night. After meeting Paul (played by Garret Dillahunt), a lawyer and recently divorced from his wife, the two form a relationship; which despite Paul’s initial reservations, soon take a more serious turn due to their decision to help Marco – a mentally disabled child whose addict mother has just been jailed. However, due to prejudices surrounding homosexuality at the time, the authorities become intent on doing everything in their power to prevent Rudy and Paul caring for Marco – resulting in devastating consequences for the young boy.
Travis Fine’s film deserves a lot of praise for the very realistic portrayal of a gay relationship between Rudy and Paul. As the main focus of the narrative is the couple’s determination to win custody of Marco, this allows the audience to view their growing feelings for one another in a more subtle fashion. We see how much Rudy and Paul care for one another through the love they have for the child. When attending their trial for custody, the prosecuting lawyer consistently attempts to tarnish their relationship as devious and perverted, and Rudy is vilified for wearing a dress and makeup in front of Marco, despite this being a Halloween costume. These scenes excellently show common preconceptions about alternative sexual orientations. Having watched the men’s relationship grow over the duration of the film, it is clear that they are no different from any other couple. So often gay characters on-screen are depicted as sex obsessed; it is refreshing to see an alternative approach here. The subject matter itself is timely, when the issue of gay marriage is currently a topic of debate in many countries.
Any Day Now is bold and original, both tragic and inspiring. I don’t think I have anything to fault, a must see film.
Also – it was great seeing Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse’s Mellie) in another role