Any Day Now
A perceptive, compassionate depiction of a gay custody battle starring Alan Cumming
Hollywood has never quite known what to make of Alan Cumming. He has triumphed on stage across the spectrum from Cabaret to the haunting intensity of his one-man Macbeth. Television has brought similar riches including his wily power broker Eli Gold in The Good Wife. Films have tended to see him as a colourful accessory, someone to add a touch of spice or eccentricity to the main ingredients. Any Day Now gives him one of the best roles of his prolific film career and he responds with a heartfelt performance layered with wit, sass and raw emotion.
Travis Fine's 1970s melodrama successfully skirts the pitfalls of sentimentality and cliche as it tells of a custody battle every bit as compelling and complex as Kramer vs Kramer. Rudy (Cumming) is a lip-synching drag queen in a West Hollywood nightclub who meets recently divorced, semi-closeted lawyer Paul (Garret Dillahunt). There is a flirty, affectionate instant attraction that develops into something more promising. The early days of their relationship coincides with Rudy's concerns over his neighbour's neglected son Marco, a teenager with Down's Syndrome played by the adorable Isaac Leyva. The love affair between the two men is mirrored and advanced by their determination to provide a stable, loving home for Marco once his drug-addict mother is imprisoned.
It isn't quite that simple of course as the court hearing becomes more of a judgement on their lifestyle than a chance to do what is right for Marco. Fired by a righteous anger, Any Day Now is a poignant tale of prejudice and a distinguished addition to a fresher wave of gay cinema like Weekend and Keep The Lights On that offer perceptive, compassionate portraits of gay lives. Cumming's witty, golden-hearted Rudy is just one of the delights in a real heartbreaker of a film.
General release from Fri 6 Sep.