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His AIDS treatment failing, Alejandro plans to travel from Mexico City to the U.S. and get into an experimental program, but he's denied a visa and resolves to immigrate illegally. His friends are supportive, but his lover Beto is angry at their coming separation. This 1997 video by C.A. Griffith reminds us that Mexico lacks the resources to fight AIDS and draws a sensitive portrait of the characters' interconnected feelings by abruptly cutting from one locale to another as the principals think about each other. Unlike many issue films, this one embraces all the personal dimensions: tender love scenes between Alejandro and Beto add an erotic and human dimension to the multithemed narrative. 80 min.

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