Pride Life Magazine - - FEATURE -

I n the new gay drama Any Day Now, Rudy Donatello (Alan Cum­ming) works as a drag queen by night but still finds it tough mak­ing ends meet. Then out of the blue Paul Fliger (Gar­ret Dil­lahunt) walks into the bar and into his life.

Donatello, played sym­pa­thet­i­cally and with gusto by Alan Cum­ming, sings at a gay night­club in 1979’s West Hol­ly­wood with two other drag queens as his back-up singers. On the night that Fliger walks into the bar he is im­me­di­ately smit­ten with Donatello. Why? It’s not clear. Per­haps it is love first sight?

Mean­while, Donatello’s next door neigh­bour, Mar­i­anna (Jamie Anne All­man), is a drug dealer and sex ad­dict whose young son Marco has Down’s syn­drome. One night she gets ar­rested, leav­ing her son alone in the apart­ment. Donatello dis­cov­ers the boy alone, so he ar­ranges for the boy to come to stay with him tem­po­rar­ily un­til the sit­u­a­tion with his mother be­comes clearer. At the same time the re­la­tion­ship with Fliger is get­ting more and more se­ri­ous, with both men quickly fall­ing in love with each other.

So­cial ser­vices end up get­ting in­volved and they put Marco into a foster home, mak­ing Donatello re­alise that he and Fliger are fit to take care of the boy, es­pe­cially after Fliger asks Donatello to move in with him, thereby pro­vid­ing a sta­ble home for Marco.

How­ever, so­cial ser­vices think oth­er­wise and dig out ev­ery dirty de­tail they can find about Donatello and Fliger’s re­la­tion­ship to make them look like unfit par­ents, gay be­ing just one of the de­tails.

When the mother is sud­denly sprung from jail in a plea bar­gain with the dis­trict at­tor­ney, and all the counts against her are dropped, all hope seems to be lost in keep­ing Marco.

Cum­ming gives one of his finest per­for­mances in years as the drag queen by night who at first seems lost in life but fi­nally finds hap­pi­ness and a fam­ily at the same time. Gar­ret Dil­lahunt, an Amer­i­can ac­tor pre­vi­ously seen in Killing Them Softly and Win­ter’s Bone, is also very good as a clos­eted lawyer who very slowly comes out after find­ing love with a man for the first time, build­ing his con­fi­dence.

Even more of a rev­e­la­tion is Isaac Leyva as Marco. An ac­tor with Down’s syn­drome, his per­for­mance is so touch­ing, so emo­tional, so pro­fes­sional that act­ing seems to be nat­u­ral for him. The script, by di­rec­tor Travis Fine and George Arthur Bloom, is very timely and be­liev­able, while Fine’s di­rec­tion is sharp and crisp. Any Day Now is a touch­ing, mov­ing and sym­pa­thetic film on the trou­ble that gay cou­ples have in adopt­ing chil­dren Any Day Now is in cin­e­mas now and will be re­leased in DVD in Jan­uary 2014.

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