The Living End (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1992.  Desperate Pictures, October Films.  Screenplay by Gregg Araki.  Cinematography by Gregg Araki.  Produced by , .  Music by .  Film Editing by Gregg Araki.  

When a young man finds out that he is HIV positive, he decides in his frustration to get into his car and head in no particular direction. Along the way he picks up a young hitchhiker, also positive, and we watch as they head across the country in a Clyde and Clyde style journey, searching for adventure and, possibly, themselves. This was the last good time to be had from director Gregg Araki for a while, his subsequent features until Mysterious Skin grossly violent and numbingly obscene. The Living End, however, is graceful and wry even at its most pessimistic, full of humour and pathos and two very endearing characters. Rebelliousness is rarely so enjoyable and so damned sexy.

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