Travis Fine’s fine new film Any Day Now, starring Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, and Isaac Leyva, is the moving tale of a gay couple living in 1979 West Hollywood who adopt an abused boy with Down syndrome. The film won the Audience Award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival– and renewed discussions of whether Dillahunt and Peter Krause are secretly the same person.
Dillahunt can also be seen with hilarity as Kristen Wiig’s tacky husband in dark hit men comedy Revenge for Jolly!, which had a run of its own at Tribeca.
But seriously, Any Day Now is incredible, and totally deserving of its accolades. Fine and co-writer George Bloom’s script could easily be a maudlin story too heartrending too connect with most audiences. But through careful editing, separating emotion from sentimentality, and writing a work that is as often hilarious as it is tragic, Any Day Now‘s creative team elevate their story into a beautiful portrait of a loving family and the necessary struggle for what is right. Also worth note is the film’s music, remarkably evocative of soulful yet disco-drenched late ’70s L.A.:
Not to give anything away, but the film’s closing song is a doozy. Picture Alan Cumming, no longer in drag by this point, but quite theatrical, lit up on club’s stage and pouring his heart into this Bob Dylan tune. Listen, picture it, and as soon as it hits a cinema near you, see this film.