Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End

on January 01, 1997 by Karen Achenbach
   Winner of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in the Best Documentary competition, "Paul Monette" is a biography of the poet and award-winning writer filmed over 3 1/2 years of Monette's life before he died in 1995 of AIDS. Though Monette was a published poet and writer well before his first lover succumbed to AIDS in 1986, Monette's most important and acclaimed works were created afterward. Galvanized by continuing personal loss, Monette became politicized and used his writing to fight homophobia.
   Because "Paul Monette" is directed to be a record, much like a personal diary, of its subject, the film will find its biggest audience with those already familiar with the author. However, the film isn't focused enough to successfully convey the importance of its second message: that the fight against AIDS urgently needs attention and support.    Starring Paul Monette, Robert Monette and Judith Light. Directed and written by Monte Bramer. Produced by Lesli Klainberg. A First Run release. Documentary. Unrated. Running time: 89 min.
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