A 1991 drama that offers a look into the insular world of Gay Men's culture during the AIDS crisis, RSVP is a lyrical piece woven together not with dialogue, but rather with the song "La Spectre de la Rose" (from Berliozí Les Nuits díEte, performed by Jessye Norman). As Sid returns home from his lover Andrew's funeral, he flips on the radio to find the DJ announcing Andrew's call in request for the song from weeks before his death.As the hauntingly beautiful aria plays, a link is wordlessly formed between the varied family members and friends listening to it; through their images, reactions and memories we learn about Andrew's life and his battle with AIDS. Through Laurie Lynd's poetic film, Sid, and perhaps the viewer as well, takes a small step forward in the grieving process. RSVP is an almost wordless tour-de-force about the impact of one man's death on those who loved him.
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