Episode 1

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Episode 1 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

In 1982, carefree student Rasmus arrives in Stockholm from rural Varmland having hidden his homosexuality all his life. Determined to make up for lost time he throws himself headlong into the gay scene and is taken under the wing of Paul, a bitchy but caring queen with a close group of gay friends.

Benjamin, a Jehovah's Witness doing his rounds, knocks on Paul's door and is immediately, correctly, identified by Paul as a homosexual. As part of coming to terms with his sexual identity and his crisis of faith Benjamin accepts an invitation to Paul's Christmas party, where he meets Rasmus. Rasmus and Benjamin fall in love immediately and form a close and powerful bond, despite Rasmus's indiscretions and Benjamin's religion.

Until now, news of an increase in HIV infection, still not fully understood, has been ignored by the group and the gay community as a whole. But soon they can ignore it no longer as AIDS begins to take its devastating, heartbreaking toll on families and friendships.

In Swedish with English subtitles.

Credits

Paul
Simon J Berger
Benjamin
Adam Lundgren
Rasmus
Adam Palsson
Benjamin's Mother
Marie Richardson
Narrator
Bjorn Kjellman
Seppo
Emil Almen
Bengt
Christoffer Svensson
Reine
Kristoffer Berglund
Rasmus's Mother
Annika Olsson
Rasmus's Father
Stefan Sauk
Benjamin's Father
Gerhard Hoberstorfer
Director
Simon Kaijser
Writer
Jonas Gardell

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