The Event

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Released 2003

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The Event

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Director:
Thom Fitzgerald
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Manhattan prosecutor Nick (Parker Posey) is charged with looking into the untimely death of city resident Matt (Don McKellar), a musician who had AIDS. As she questions Matt's loyal family members -- mother Lila (Olympia Dukakis) and sister Dana (Sarah Polley) -- she comes to learn that his closest pal, health-care worker Brian (Brent Carver), is an ardent believer in assisted suicide, and that he threw Matt a big party before his death. This presents a dilemma for humane but dutiful Nick.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Has such quiet power that it is actually not depressing, and the cast follows suit with Dukakis, Carver and Posey, rising to the occasion.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A dawdling affair that never finds its own rhythm. Early on, it gets lost in its own earnestness and never finds its way back.

  • 50

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Middling drama about euthanasia, worked out through a sprawl of underdeveloped characters.

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