Parting Glances | Chicago Reader

Parting Glances

This 1986 feature is pretty much perfect on its own terms, though it isn't a very ambitious project, taking the conventions of the contemporary urban "relationship" movie and applying them to a gay milieu. The central characters (Richard Ganoung and John Bolger) are two well-adjusted, prosperous, and not terribly deep young professionals; one is preparing to move to Africa for a year, while the other plans to stay behind and watch over a former lover and close friend who's dying of AIDS (Steve Buscemi). Writer-director Bill Sherwood has an obvious affection for his two heroes, and his lightly satirical vision of the various gay types who share their New York environment gives this wit and a pleasant density. Unfortunately, a shot of TV-movie moralism at the end compromises this otherwise bright and appealing social portrait.

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