No Sad Songs (1985)

Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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This is the first Canadian docudrama on the burgeoning AIDS crisis, and perhaps for that reason alone, it is an uneven accounting -- viewpoints on the fatal illness and its victims were still swinging from sneering condemnation to heartfelt compassion, and it may have been too difficult to find one voice and stay with it. Fictional enactments of traumas associated with the sickness, as well as fictional monologs included in the docudrama contrast with the immediacy of the victims' statements as they are interviewed in a variety of settings. In this instance, a straightforward documentary approach might have proved more effective and informative for the public at large.