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The President Has AIDS?

Low-budget melodrama from Haiti about a womanizing pop superstar (Jimmy Jean-Louis) who conceals his HIV-positive status while continuing to have unprotected sex. The singer luxuriates in his hedonistic lifestyle until he falls for a virginal beauty (Jessica Geneus) who refuses his advances, demanding that he renounce his caddish ways. What's more, his attempted courtship runs him afoul of a local crime boss who's wooing the same woman. But the rivalry is little more than a narrative fig leaf across the film's ostensible agenda, which is to disseminate accurate information about HIV transmission and treatment to the Haitian public. That's a worthy goal, but it creates a pretty histrionic and preachy film. Directed by Arnold Antonin. 115 min. In French with subtitles.

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