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77 minutes · 2004
Adapted from Michael Kearns's play Complications, this low-budget digital video (2004) spans nearly four decades in the lives of its gay characters, with seven vignettes linked by their sexual encounters. Kearns plays an alchoholic who lost his first lover to Vietnam and later partners to AIDS; a Latino man he picks up (Eric Turic) widens the story to include a closeted Hollywood power couple. Dean Howell is affecting as a recovering addict who finds love, but Dennis Christopher delivers the most visceral performance as an HIV-positive man who cares for his needy younger brother. Howell directed and collaborated with Kearns on the script, notable for its wry humor, pointed cultural insights, and highly charged eroticism.

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