Review: ‘Undetectable: The New Faces of AIDS’

Corcoran's documentary on AIDS patients starts out slowly but rapidly gains momentum as the audience gets to know the six characters. "Undetectable: The New Faces of AIDS" is a worthy bulletin from the front for those who mistakenly believe that the latest combination of drugs allow most victims to live relatively normal, pain-free lives.

Corcoran’s documentary on AIDS patients starts out slowly but rapidly gains momentum as the audience gets to know the six characters. “Undetectable: The New Faces of AIDS” is a worthy bulletin from the front for those who mistakenly believe that the latest combination of drugs allow most victims to live relatively normal, pain-free lives. Beyond fests, quality film seems a natural fit for PBS or educational cable television.

Contracting AIDS may no longer be an automatic death sentence, but “Undetectable” eloquently illustrates the physical and psychological effects that often result from the myriad drugs that AIDS patients must take. Inevitably, some of the stories here are more gripping and heartbreaking than others. Carole Miselman not only has to deal with her illness but with the fact that she contracted AIDS through her unfaithful husband. Matilda Garcia is a low-income Puerto Rican immigrant who struggles with her disease while caring for a young son born HIV positive. And Joe Pennell is a gay medical technician who must change medications repeatedly. Subjects are uniformly candid about their lives and conditions.

Undetectable: The New Faces of AIDS

Production

Produced by Jay Corcoran. Executive producer, Michael Roberts. Directed by Jay Corcoran.

Crew

Camera (color, digital video), Corcoran; editors, Corcoran, George O'Donnell; music, Scott Killian; research, Mark Leydorf, Dina Guttman. Reviewed at L.A. Film Festival, April 25, 2001. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Matilda Garcia, Anibal Castaneda, Belinda Dunn, Carole Miselman, Joe Pennell, David Brudnoy.

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