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"Test" is (for those of us who lived through this era) a nostalgic look at that early time when so little was known about AIDS & HIV ... the mystery of it all ... what was true & what was not true about the things you heard from friends, family & strangers ... the personal questions you asked yourself .... the fear of discrimination & persecution (whether any of it applied to you or not) ... the dilemmas & decisions of daily life.
"Test" takes place during 1985 ... the year the HIV test became available. For people who are too young to remember, "Test" is a history lesson; and for those who once held beliefs or opinions that were not founded in truth, "Test" is a cautionary tale about jumping to conclusions."Test" is not your typical film about the early times of AIDS / HIV. It does not depict the sick & dying. What it is does depict is the uncertainty of who may be sick or dying.
None of the actors in this film are well known; and yet they all do a very credible job. This movie is very believable because it does its job so well. "Test" does not feel cheap, even though the credits include a "thank you" to all contributors to the Kickstarter campaign that made the film possible. "Test" is above all a great tribute to those who had a message to send and, perhaps, memories to explore.
The only mild criticism of the film is for the last few minutes of it which can almost be viewed as an infomercial for safe sex.Read more ›
The choreography (by the illustrious Sidra Bell, if I read the credits aright), which the dancers of the film's small San Francisco modern dance company are seen rehearsing and performing at various times during its preparation and theatrical run, is superb, resulting in a showcase that displays really fine modern dance choreography and dancing at their best. Some of the dancers are better than others, but all function at a satisfyingly professional level or at more than that. The work danced is brief but very absorbing, feeling neither too short nor too extended, eminently well suited to its place in the movie. Most of the dancers are male, and it is they who hold the stage and the viewer's attention for most of the work, but there are some women among them, too.
There are no real costumes, as such, for the cast. (If the location were 21st century Montréal, instead of 1980s San Francisco, the dancers probably would appear nude in such an abstract work.) The lighting suffices for background and foreground, illuminating men with good-looking bodies, some of whom, like the main character, Frankie (Scott Marlowe's role), are exceptionally handsome, Marlowe himself being so in a leanly muscled, lithe, boyish way, having a dancer's ideal physique, if there can be said to be such.Read more ›
The dance sequences in this film are absolutely superb, the choreography brilliant! Having spent nine years in classical ballet and modern dance and 38 years total in the performing arts, I can attest to the extraordinarily high level of artistic skill and integrity of Scott Marlowe and the other dancers that abundantly flows from them in this film. Their artistry as dancers-performers is second to none! Bravo! My arts background, training, and professional experience in the performing arts do not cover the theatrical arts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
amazing young dancer. very nice dance sequences. they gave you the complete dance in the bonus features.Published 3 months ago by eric thomas bradley
Great movie. Very interesting and provocative as well as having significant historical relevance.Published 3 months ago by Charlyce G. Washington
Mesmerizing and eerie, Test shows AIDS paranoia of the mid 80 ties looming over and disturbing the lives of young dancers, but without too much melodrama already seen everywhere... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Monika Krol
It is a good movie that reminds us to reflect on the HIV epidemic as we shouldPublished 8 months ago by Samuel A. Ruggiero
The seventies were not a time when fashion was at its best. The story is nice and the dance routines are good. All in all the movie is slow and not very entertaining.Published 9 months ago by shawn rahill