Poignant drama ‘Any Day Now’ on Amazon Prime Video

Any Day Now (2012) is the kind of American drama that Hollywood used to specialize in: character based, issue-focused, emotionally-grounded, and an actor’s showcase. It’s 1979 and two gay men–Alan Cumming as a flamboyant female impersonator and Garret Dillahunt as a newly-out and still uncomfortable gay man working for a conservative legal firm–take on the city to adopt an abandoned special-needs boy (Isaac Leyva). 

This is an era where homosexuality was widely treated as a perversion and the legal case (which is fiction but inspired in small part by a real-life story) is mounted by the city out of a twisted principle: this culture that would prefer to see an otherwise unwanted boy with Down’s Syndrome dropped into the indifferent system of social services than raised by two gay men. It could easily have tipped into a preachy tearjerker but for the commitment of director and co-screenwriter Travis Fine to make a film about people, not about issues or scoring points.

There was a time when gay cinema focused on sexual relationships but missed the nonchalant physicality of people comfortable with each other and the easy, everyday intimacy of people who make a life together. Any Day Now is a powerful drama of people in love that puts the love and commitment before the sexual orientation. These two men live their love in every moment, not in displays for the camera. That strength even tempers a tragedy with a sense of endurance and hope.

Frances Fisher plays the unexpectedly sympathetic judge and Gregg Henry and Chris Mulkey co-star

The film won the audience award at the Tribeca Film Festival and top awards at major festivals in Seattle, Chicago, and L.A.
 
Rated R

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The Blu-ray and DVD from Music Box Films includes featurettes, Isaac Leyva’s audition, and “Alan & Isaac’s Holiday Message to Hollywood.”

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at RogerEbert.com, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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