– By Linda Tran
Any Day Now is written and directed by Travis Fine, and was inspired by a true story from the late 1970s. The film centres on Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt), a gay couple, taking in a Down Syndrome teenager Marco (Isaac Leyva) and raising him and coming to love him as one of their own after Marco’s mother had abandoned him.
It is clear that this film was driven by passion and sincere viewpoints on equality. Despite it being set 30-something years ago, it highlights the legal and social issues that are still relevant today as it was back then.
Although Rudy initially is allowed custody of Marco as his foster parent, things begin spiraling out of control for them once it is discovered that Paul and Rudy are actually lovers. At this point, the bias and injustice system is set into motion to deprive the two men their right to keep custody of Marco. Court hearings after court hearings, their valid and persuasive arguments just fell on deaf and discriminative ears.
There are a number of reasons why this film won a whopping 10 Audience Awards at film festivals, one of which is the superb performance by the actors – namely the central three (Cumming, Dillahunt, and Leyva). Alan Cumming is an amazing actor in every role he plays, but in Any Day Now he brings a whole new range of emotions to the screen. His portrayal of loving and caring, outrage and excitement truly showed Rudy’s heart and passion. On top of that, his chemistry with Garret Dillahunt as Paul was fluid and perfect, and their role as a couple was entirely believable. This chemistry, in turn, displayed their love and compassion for Leyva’s character of Marco. Combined, all three portrayed a believable family unit full of love and joy.
The film itself was beautifully made, and it really drew the audience in. It was made to make you see into Rudy and Paul’s heartbreaking eyes as they fought the injustice of the legal system; to feel what they felt, to smile when they were happy, and to hurt when they broke down into tears (there was not a single dry eye in the cinema when the film finished, not even the men).
This is one of those films that get people discussing afterward – whether about the superb acting and if it’s their “best movie performances of their careers”, or about the issues raised. It’s a film that I would highly recommend to anyone interested, and is definitely worth the effort to track down to watch.