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The Event (2006)

Brent Carver , Olympia Dukakis , Thom Fitzgerald  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brent Carver, Olympia Dukakis, Jane Leeves, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley
  • Directors: Thom Fitzgerald
  • Writers: Thom Fitzgerald, Steven Hillyer, Tim Marback
  • Producers: Bryan Hofbauer, Christopher Zimmer, Jeff Sackman, Robert A. Flutie
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image/Thinkfilms
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KNH9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Event" on IMDb

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Matt Shapiro (Don McKellar) is dead, one more victim of AIDS in New York City. But someone in his circle of friends called 911 when Matt died, which means that Assistant District Attorney Nicole "Nick" DeVivo (Parker Posey) has to interview witnesses to close the file. But there's a strange hesitancy about Matt Shapiro's family and friends when they talk about his death, and Nick grows suspicious. Did Matt Shapiro die of AIDS? Did he kill himself? Did someone help him? And was he the only victim?

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important and impressive film April 17, 2004
THE EVENT came and went in the theatres like some spectral ghost which, despite its trappings, failed to serve notice of its importance not only as a social comment but as a showcase for some excellent talent. Director Thom Fitzgerald deserves great respect (and most certainly an audience!) for the brave statement of his film and the facile utilization of some extraordinary talent. The "Event" of the title refers to a final party for Matt (Don McKellar), a young man blessed with many friends and family, who has decided to end his deteriorating life of struggle with AIDS with a suicide finale, gaged to be abetted by those closest to him. The glitch comes (after the death) when detective "Nick" DeVivo (Parker Posey) decides that assisted suicide is a crime that must be punished and proceeds to investigate all of the people involved. It is this investigation that introduces us to Matt's entourage - a glitteringly excellent cast of family (Olympia Dukakis as his mother, Brent Carver as his partner) and friends, which include roles for Sarah Polly, Jane Leeves, and an actor who makes a Drag Queen performance one of the strongest roles since Torch Song Trilogy. Through a series of thoughtful flashbacks and flash-forwards we are allowed insight into each of these characters and to the reality of exactly how Matt's final wishes were completed - a tender and wonderful surprise ending. This story is told with a simultaneous celebration of life and a warm tenderness for the meaning of love in all its phases and forms, all in a setting of the persistent ravaging plague of AIDS that continues to deprive the world of treasured citizens and spirits. Fitzgerald is able to accomplish this without resorting to the maudlin, the banal, or the tempting "somewhere over the rainbow" saccharine tone that often accompanies films of this nature. This is a remarkable achievement and in every way this movie stands tall. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise April 26, 2008
It's like Russian Roulette when I pick up a random DVD from the clearance rack just for the excitement of watching a film I've never heard of. I did that today and was pleasantly surprised at what a great film "The Event" was. This moving story which centered around assisted suicide was touching, sad, funny in parts, and relevant. The acting was great, especially by Olympia Dukakis who delivers a quietly understated powerhouse performance, her strongest in years. The weak link of the film was Parker Posey as the District Attorney. I usually love her movies but she was terribly miscast in this film. Had I never seen her earlier performaces I may have believed her, but she is so typecast that it's hard to take her seriously. Overall I would highly recommend this movie, but it's not a film for everyone. The subject matter and theme is grim but the overall production is outstanding. If you like offbeat independent films with great acting and mature subject matter then I would highly recommend you check out "The Event".
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Sad Honesty February 26, 2005
A beautiful film with a wonderful cast, "The Event" is the story of one man's battle with AIDS and his wish to die with his dignity still intact. We are shown through segmented flashbacks, and scenes from the present, how his decision affects the people who love him and hold him so dear to their hearts. It is at once comedic and emotionally intense, pulling at your heart with its honesty and its brutal display of humanity. A story of a higher love, the strong bonds of family and the loyalty of trusted friends, "The Event" is a sure-fire film to satisfy those seeking tender characters, human emotions and the provoking of thoughts.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like it. April 21, 2014
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I didn't like it at all. A very thin story. Mabe it could be used to put people asleep. A total no no.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important, Potent, Beautiful June 13, 2011
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The Event is a tremendous piece that pivots on an act of heart-wrenching compassion. The moments of empowerment are exquisitely imperfect and real. For anyone who has dared to stay close to those dealing with HIV/AIDS, right to the gritty end, you'll find this a draining, rewarding, amusing, heart breaking reflection of your experiences.

It's for caregivers, and friends, and family, and those who somehow keep walking even in the face of deepest despair.

I read some of the more critial reviews, and their contributors seemed wrapped around the axle about it's artistic deficits - plot lines and the like. I'd say to them, respectfully, that you need to go and find someone who needs support, who is dealing with HIV and stay the course. Then you'll understand what poigniant nuance and prause this work has captured.

On 6/24 I'll be attending Tales of the City, The Musical in San Francisco, hosted by Olympia Dukakis. It will be with tears in my eyes that I take her hand and thank her for her phenomenal portrayal of Lila in The Event.

A must see.
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3.0 out of 5 stars touching moment January 4, 2011
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I bought this movie for my mom, I have personally never seen the movie but my mom loves it and has tried and tried to find it in stores, online, etc. I bought it for her for Christmas and when she opened it she cried. A friend of hers wrote and sings the ending song of the movie. Now I guess I should sit down and watch it with her!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie, but very sad. September 17, 2010
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A man dies of AIDS. Was it natural, murder, or a suicide. Parker Posey plays a detective assigned to determine if it was foul play. Olympia Dukakis turns in an outstanding performance as the man's mother. Superb acting, but I will not see the movie again, because it is such a downer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love this movie...
The Event (Thom Fitzgerald, 2003)

The Event was a movie that sounded great in the jacket copy. Read more
Published on January 27, 2010 by Robert Beveridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Why was this made!
What a depressing film! So much talent such a bad script. This film did not meet any expectation. Run as fast as you can.
Published on November 27, 2009 by Allen L. Hetherington
1.0 out of 5 stars The AIDS & Death Party Rocks On...huh?
Since I like to be challenged when I watch a movie (if you don't believe, read my reviews for TWISTER and TRANSFORMERS), I'll frequently check out the films on the Sundance Channel... Read more
Published on June 12, 2008 by The JuRK
1.0 out of 5 stars A Frustrating Disappointment
From an outside appearance, this indie drama looks to be casted quiet well with Olympia Dukakis and Parker Posey. Read more
Published on February 12, 2006 by Hunter
1.0 out of 5 stars This Film Was Over Before It Started.
Social commentary is a good thing for art to do. Films like "The Life of David Gale," and "American Beauty" are cinemmatic masterpieces partly because they shock us into thinking... Read more
Published on March 29, 2005 by Kevin Currie-Knight
3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Omission
"The Event" is an ambitious movie that takes on the subject of assisted suicide. The movie is set in the Chelsea district of Manhattan during 2001. Read more
Published on January 1, 2005 by Robert Amsel
3.0 out of 5 stars "It's My Party" it ain't
Similar to It's My Party, but with only a fraction of poignancy and emotion. The segmented flashbacks don't allow any momentum to build up, and we don't get to know the characters... Read more
Published on June 7, 2004 by Hansol Lee
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