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After Louie

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9:15 PM

TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Vincent Gagliostro is a New York artist known for pushing buttons, especially as an AIDS activistin the 1980s and ’90s. At the centre of his debut feature is Sam (Alan Cumming, here equal parts twinkle and anger), whose life has followed a similar trajectory to Gagliostro’s own.

While dredging up buried memories and resentments to make a film about a deceased friend, Sam gets caught up in a relationship with Braeden (played by Zachary Booth, last seen at Inside Out in Ira Sachs’s Keep the Lights On). At first critical of the young man for his generation’s failure to appreciate how easy they have it, Sam slowly realizes that he has much to learn about what gay life is like today.

Amid the arguments over politics, loss, aging, white privilege and the dark side of gay sexuality, After Louie offers up a pervasively wicked sense of humour and a big, generous, survivor’s heart.

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