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The Living End
Directed by Gregg Araki • 1992 • United States
Starring Mike Dytri, Craig Gilmore
A gay THELMA & LOUISE for the New Queer Cinema movement, Gregg Araki’s couple-on-the-run romance follows two HIV-positive lovers—hustler Luke (Mike Dytri) and film critic Jon (Craig Gilmore)—who, with nothing left to lose, embark on a violent cross-country crime spree, with homophobes as their primary target. Laced with savage humor, THE LIVING END channels the hopelessness felt by gay people during the AIDS crisis into an explosion of undiluted existential fury.