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11 Ratings


Directed by Arthur J. Bressan Jr.
United States, 1985
Drama, LGBT+


Directed by Arthur Bressan, who would die of complications from AIDS two years after the film was released, the film follows a New York City gay man in a monogamous relationship becoming a “buddy” or a volunteer friend to another gay man dying of AIDS and the friendship that develops.

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Buddies Directed by Arthur J. Bressan Jr.

Critics reviews

In Bressan’s last film he has all sides of himself in narrative, documentary, and erotic all being shown. It cannot help but feel like a final testament.
June 25, 2019
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Heralded as the first feature-length drama about AIDS, landmark gay filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan, Jr.’s brisk 1985 film BUDDIES is still as poignant as ever.
September 21, 2018
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If ever a film feels made out of moral necessity, it’s this one. Produced for around $27,000, Buddies is spare and delicate; at times it feels like it could crumple like tissue paper before your eyes at any second, at others it’s as angry and outspoken as a film from the eye of the hurricane needs to be.
June 20, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • josé neves's rating of the film Buddies

    Digitally restored. Before the industrial narrative discourse of what was AIDS horrendous years of devastation, with "Longtime Companion", was made this urgent film without taking advantage of any context, amateurish with immense goodwill of its participants. It's like a theatrical play filmed as a telefilm, with a good idea: all characters other than the two protagonists are merely voices or silhouettes. Estimable.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Buddies

    Necessarily crude but no less potent for that. In fact, as Koresky points out, its amateurishness only serves to give the film an extremely sensitive quality. One of those movies that feels like a UFO sighting; rarely seen, alien in conception and creation. You sense how open and urgent it feels, which counts for a lot and I was moved by it even in spite of its rudimentary aspects 3.5

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