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In the late 1970s, when Marco Deison (Isaac Leyva), a teenager with Down syndrome, is abandoned by his drug addict mother (Jamie Ann Allman), gay neighbour Rudy Donatello (Alan Cumming) tries to protect the boy. When he meets and falls for Paul Fliger (Garret Dillahaunt), a divorced lawyer from the DA's office, they decide to care for Marco at least while his mother is in prison, and become the loving family he's never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
It is not surprising that George Arthur Bloom first wrote this 30 years ago, the setting then a recent memory of the late 70s. It is astonishing to see how far social mores have changed in that time. It's almost like a medieval story in that sense, with a gay couple ostracised and barred from adopting this abandoned boy, Marco (Isaac Leyva) with Down syndrome.

The film begins with Rudy (Alan Cumming) in the middle of a drag show with his two song and dance partners lip synching. He spots a young man at the bar, their eyes meet and hey presto, Rudy and Paul (Garret Dillahunt) are lovers.

When Rudy finds Marco abandoned in the next door apartment, he simply takes him under his protective wing. Better that than the vagaries of the overworked and none too sympathetic Social Services department. As the time honoured truism says, no good deed shall go unpunished.

With Paul's legal knowledge, they do the legwork to make Rudy a temporary legal guardian, with his mother's (Jamie Anne Allman) written consent. But their sexuality becomes an issue for Paul's boss and for the system, and fight as they might, they are beaten. Marco is the loser in this biased and bitter system, teaching Paul 'there is no justice', words that should have been the first he heard at law school, as helpful lawyer Lonnie Washington (Don Franklin) reminds him.

There are changes in everyone's lives; Rudy gets to make a demo, thanks to a gift from Paul, and Paul loses his job. Marco is shuttled around, happy and safe only when with Rudy and Paul.

Cumming is terrific as the jovial drag queen with a chance at 'really' singing, while Dillahunt is his rather shy and reserved opposite, but with a steely reservoir of determination. Young Leyva makes an impressive debut in a challenging role, and all the supports make a solid contribution as does the well considered soundtrack.

It's a sombre film, heartfelt and moving, a reminder that the weakest and most vulnerable in our society often pay the heaviest price for other people's narrow minded, biased and uninformed, inhumane world view.

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(US, 2012)

CAST: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Jamie Ann Allman, Gregg Henry, Don Franklin, Chris Mulkey, Kelli Williams, Alan Rachins, Mindy Sterling

PRODUCER: Travis Fine, Liam Finn,

DIRECTOR: Travis Fine

SCRIPT: Travis Fine, George Arthur Bloom


EDITOR: Tom Cross

MUSIC: Joey Newman


RUNNING TIME: 98 minutes



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