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Sometimes (India)

This Tamil language film from India is a work of courage. It is truly daring to tackle a an unpopular subject – the threat of HIV/AIDS – with a film about a small group of people almost exclusively confined to one room in which they are sitting and waiting.Here's some background: India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world. The prevalence of HIV is 0.3 %. But with a population of 1.2 billion this equates to 2.1 million people living with HIV. An estimated 130,000 people die annually from AIDS-related illnesses. The fact that Priyadarshan Soman Nair who shortens his name to Priyadarshan tackled this subject is nothing short of surprising.Pryadarshan is a National Award winning Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter. During three decades, Priyadarshan has directed over 90 films in several Indian languages, predominantly in Malayalam and Hindi. He has made a name for himself with 26 Bollywood movies between 2001-2010, mostly comedies. Nobody expected him to make a very serious film in Tamil language. But he did. He assembled one woman and six men in the waiting room of a private clinic to have their blood taken to be checked for the HIV virus. This happens in the morning. Now the seven patients have to wait until the evening to get the test results. And they wait. And wait.Slowly they begin to overcome the annoying mixture of tension, nervous expectation and boredom by reluctantly revealing to each other the reasons for their decision to take the test.  While time moves at a glacial pace, one of the patients overhears a nurse repeatedly talking on her phone about her urgent financial problem which obviously would have profound consequences if not solved. That sparks an idea: The man approaches her and offers a collection of money if she could get the results secretly out of the lab and so shortening their agony. After some mishaps she agrees. But her answer does nothing to ease the tension of the waiting patients: One of them is infected, she whispers, all others are HIV free. One after another she hands them the results. The countdown to a possible death sentence begins.It is a deliberately slow moving film which demands the same amount of patience from the viewer as this clinic asks of their patients.