Jeffrey

  • 94'
  • USA
  • 1995
A romantic comedy about a gay in New York, Jeffrey, who one day has had quite enough safe sex and decides to stay celibate. That looks like a nice solution, but then he meets the Real Thing. Additional problem is that his great love turns out to be sero-positive. At first he does everything to keep the ideal man out of his life, which of course is no use. He seeks help from strange religious leaders (the scene with Sigourney Weaver as sect leader Debra Moorhouse who talks openly about sex was regarded as controversial in the States), but nothing can stand in the way of true love. The film is based on a play by Paul Rudnick, that was played non- stop for a year Off-Broadway and in 1993 won various prestigious prizes. Rudnick wrote the play with the intention of taking a humorous, and hence less heavy, look at the subject of AIDS. He thinks that humour can also be a weapon in the fight against this still incurable disease. The American critics thought the film was very funny and also praised the quality of the actors and directing by the débutant film-maker.
Director
Christopher Ashley
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1995
Festival Edition
IFFR 1996
Length
94'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Workin' Man Films, The Booking Office, Mark Balsam
Sales
Columbia Tri-Star Films, Miramax Films, Columbia Tristar Motion Pictures
Cast
Patrick Stewart
Local Distributor
Hungry Eye Lowland Beheer BV