It can take three months after exposure for the blood to accumulate enough antibodies to test positive for human immunodeficiency virus or HIV.
That diagnostic timeout provides a timeframe for the upcoming comedy “Three Months.” This 2011 film sensitively and unexpectedly depicts HIV in contemporary society.
The plot begins when Caleb (Troye Sivan), about to graduate from high school, takes an HIV test because a condom broke during a one-night stand. His doctor encourages him to join gay support group meetings, and there Caleb connects with another young man, Estha (Viveik Kalra), who is awaiting the results of his own HIV test. me.
Caleb, who is Jewish, is used to being open to his sexual orientation. He knows he won’t face rejection when he tells his best friend, Dara (Brianne Tju), a lesbian, or his beloved grandmother (Ellen Burstyn), about his his test.
In contrast, Estha is a Hindu, and although he comes from a family no less than the Caleb’s, he hid his sexuality from his parents. He is afraid to be honest with his family, lest they withdraw their love for him.
Writer-director Jared Frieder adorns their flirtatious relationship with stunning pieces – has anyone seen a doctor’s office with walls painted in such a pleasing ocean blue? He draws powerful performances from his cast, and he’s lucky he doesn’t try to stuff his lines with crude humor or over-remind the audience that they’re watching a comedy. .
But the contrast between Caleb and Estha remains the film’s biggest asset. Their relationship allows the audience to witness and appreciate their differences, not only culturally but as fully engaged individuals. The characters are young, but the perspective is still fresh and mature.
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes. Watch on Paramount+.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/movies/three-months-movie-review.html ‘Three Months’ Review: Troye Sivan in a Refreshing Movie About HIV