The Event Poster

Release Date: October 3rd, 2003

DVD Release Date: April 13th, 2004

R|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Parker Posey, Olympia Dukakis, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley, Brent Carver, Jane Leeves, Joanna P. Adler, Christina Zorich

Director: Thom Fitzgerald

Genres: Drama

Distributors: ThinkFilm

Keywords: 2000s, Emotional, Quest, Best friend, Love, Investigation, Moving, Sister, Mother, Relationships

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  • The topic is thought-provoking, the flashback-based structure is interesting, and there are surprising twists near the end. But there's also an overdose of sentimentality that badly dilutes the picture's impact. show more

  • Just sit, feel a little blue and watch Parker Posey wander through New York in an ugly conservative suit. In "Blade," at least she'll get a snazzier wardrobe. show more

  • Other than the terribly miscast Posey, the cast is solid, with Dukakis wrenching the heart as a mother tested to the max by her son's request. But the movie didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. show more

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