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VIFF Review: Any Day Now

Set in the 1970s and inspired by a true story, the film chronicles a gay couple who take in a teenage boy with Down Syndrome who has been abandoned by his drug addicted mother. As the teen discovers the strong bonds of family for the first time in his life, disapproving authorities step in to tear the boy from the only stable environment he has ever known. The couple tries to adopt the boy, only to ignite an epic battle against a system that’s stacked against them.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house following the conclusion of this heart warming tale of two loving men trying to make a difference in a boys life. The story takes place in the height of gay oppression and activism in the US, a particularly touchy time for a gay couple to endeavor to adopt a child. But that doesn’t discourage Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt) or stand in the way of their love for Marco (Isaac Leyva).

Alan Cumming completely surprised me in this role. I think he’s a brilliant actor, so I knew he could pull it off. But he’s so endearing and funny in this film I’m sure every girl in the theatre was wishing he was their BFF. Beautifully written by Travis Fine, the audience burst out laughing in several sections, adding a light hearted element to an otherwise tragic tale.

Any Day Now is a moving story about the fundamental values that make all of us equal despite our differences. It’s a truly enjoyable film, so if you miss it during VIFF – there are two more screenings scheduled for October 6 at Vancity Theatre and October 8 at Empire Granville 7 – watch for it’s official release on November 19.

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