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Monday, 8 October 2012

VIFF: Any Day Now

I first noticed Alan Cumming when I saw him years ago in Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. He showed up in X-Men movies, blew Broadway away as the Emcee in Cabaret, and has appeared on multiple TV shows, most recently reuniting with Romy & Michelle's Lisa Kudrow for her show Web Therapy.

In the film, Any Day Now, Cumming puts in a tour-de-force performance. His portrayal of a drag performer who winds up fighting for custody of his neighbour's Down syndrome son is tender and moving. His drag act could be spiced up a bit, but he shines when he's showing off those Broadway chops of his in three scenes that feature him singing.

Heartbreaking and frustrating, this is a fact-based movie about a gay couple in the 1970s trying to gain custody of an unwanted mentally challenged 15 year-old.

Winner of the Audience Award: Narrative at the Tribeca Film festival.

Any Day Now plays at the Vancouver International Film Festival on Monday, Oct 8 at 9:30pm.

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