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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbearably moving but not sentimental., 18 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves [DVD] (DVD)
Benefiting from the distance of time this is surely the most poignant and hard hitting of AIDS movies, and a nice surprise that it should come from Sweden.
The warning is writ large and it needs to be!
While watching, it was impossible not to contemplate how fragile and uncertain our little lives are, and how precious the fleeting moments of joy and ecstasy.

Rasmus looks so fragile as he escapes from his cocoon into real life and throbbing temptations.
Beautifully acted throughout, and I like the way the storytelling is non-linear and yet never confusing. Treats you like an adult.
My only criticism is the well intentioned but rather clunky title which I can never remember. I wonder if this is a translation issue?
I've just devoured the three episodes on BBC4 but will buy the DVD as i'm hoping to hear about some of the background information. Nice score which appropriately enough seems to be based on Ravel's famous "Pavane for a dead Infant"
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2013 12:47:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2013 12:48:00 GMT
Jannike says:
Gardell has written a triology - three novels. Very much the same as the mini-series (where he wrote the manus), but some more information. Guess they will be translated into English soon.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2013 09:30:51 GMT
Suedette says:
I hope they will be as I would love to read them. One thing that I wondered about after watching the Tv series, is what happened to Seppo? Do the books tell us this? I really hope he lived on, like Benjamin.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2014 22:51:36 GMT
Yes, I'd like to know what happens to Seppo too. An achingly beautiful series. I don't think that I have ever been moved so much by a TV programme.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2014 22:54:18 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2014 23:01:55 GMT
who was the patient who we initially see in a tormented state with the lesions on his back? This *isn't* Rasmus as i first assumed.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 18:11:29 GMT
Suedette says:
It's Reine. I only realised this later on, when we also got the flashforwards to Reine in hospital. He is also the person put into the black liner at the end of the last episode. So very sad.

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 01:02:34 GMT
Tor Søvik says:
The title in Swedish is "Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar" which when translated word-for-word means: "Wipe never tears without gloves".

I agree it is beautifully made.
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