11 October 2001 | richard.fuller1
The real focus is on Sada Thompson and Sylvia Sidney
This was supposed to be about a bond between the mother of a man who died of AIDS and his gay lover, but the real scene stealers were the moments between Andre's mother, Sada Thompson, and her mother, Sylvia Sidney, and how the relationship from her own mother prevented her from showing her feelings now. Sidney made one of the most compelling statements about how their family was coming to an end as the only grandson, Andre, was gay and had died of AIDS, leaving no offspring. In a restaurant, she candidly asks the waiter if he is gay, and he candidly answers. These were the moments that drove this story, not Richard Thomas as the non-infected lover of the late Andre. Thomas was merely depicting betrayal in a relationship, but Thompson and Sidney were portraying one of the few performances of a parent who cared for the child but not the lifestyle, and so few performances like these have been seen.