Indian Summer

Indian Summer

Director: Nancy Meckler

Cast: Jason Flemyng, Dorothy Tutin, Philip Voss

     
 
Nancy Meckler's romantic comedy Alive & Kicking comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this Image title should be of interest for fans of independent film.A dancer

Overview

Nancy Meckler's romantic comedy Alive & Kicking comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this Image title should be of interest for fans of independent film.A dancer whose life and art were integrally connected to his body finds himself going through profound changes when he discovers that he has AIDS. Tonio (Jason Flemyng) recently inherited a plum role in the ballet Indian Summer from his friend Ramon (Anthony Higgins), who recently passed on from AIDS-related illnesses. Tonio, however, refuses all treatments that might interfere with his dancing abilities, determined that if he's going out, he's going out on his feet, doing what he loves most. Tonio meets Jack (Anthony Sher) at Ramon's funeral, and they later cross paths again at a gay dance club. Jack was once Ramon's lover and is about as different from Tonio as two people could be; while Tonio has the trim, athletic build of a dancer, Jack is a stocky guy who looks like he spends most of his day sitting down -- which he does, actually, as a counselor for HIV-positive patients. Jack becomes infatuated with Tonio and tries to win him over, although a healthier Tonio would never have given a second look to someone who lacks his obsession with the body. Indian Summer was written by Martin Sherman, best known for his play Bent; the film has also been shown under the title Alive and Kicking.

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All Movie Guide
Indian Summer (aka Alive and Kicking) is a reasonably involving examination of sexual mores and strategies for facing the inevitable in the age of AIDS among London's gay community. It has an interesting take on its central disease-time romance: that both the lithe dancer (Jason Flemyng) and the compact counselor (Antony Sher) are using one another, with the former getting a bedside mourner who will prevent him from dying alone, and the latter getting a hunky status symbol and sexual fantasy. The two actors have a playful chemistry, and their relationship develops in believable strides. There's also a harsh historical realism about the film, as it dramatizes the fact that a once-vibrant, and relatively incestuous, dance company has been decimated to the point of going under by a disease picking off its members one by one. While the windows into this world are illuminative, Indian Summer doesn't introduce new dialogue to the AIDS discussion, leaving it short of real importance. However, by addressing the illness with wit instead of despair, Nancy Meckler's film avoids some of the sappier pitfalls of other disease movies. The result is a spry love story with just enough wistful portent to make it occasionally moving.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
UPC:
0014381685824
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:39:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Flemyng Tonio
Dorothy Tutin Luna
Philip Voss Duncan
Antony Sher Jack
Anthony Higgins Ramon
Bill Nighy Tristan
Natalie Roles Catherine
Freddy Douglas Luke

Technical Credits
Nancy Meckler Director
Cecelia Brereton Production Designer
Janey Fothergill Casting
Lorraine Goodman Associate Producer
Rodney Holland Editor
Monica Howe Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Kirk Asst. Director
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Pope Producer
Liz Ranken Choreography
Philip Robinson Art Director
Peter Salem Songwriter
Chris Seager Camera Operator
Martin Sherman Screenwriter
Hugh Strain Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
   Start Kicking
   Trailers: Stand-Ins
   Slaves To The Underground

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