The Blackwater Lightship When his A.I.D.S. reaches the terminal stages, gay Declan Kehoe (Keith McErlean) returns to his Irish coastal home, or actually grandma’s, near a lightship site. Caring boyfriends help him and his whining female relatives deal with unresolved family issues, as well as his physical syndrome. Three generations of secrets.
I have never seen a better movie on TV than “The Blackwater Lightship.”
Declan (Keith McErlean) is in his final stages of AIDS and decides to spend the last of his days at his grandmother Dora’s (Angela Lansbury) house. His mother Lily (Dianne Wiest) and sister Helen (Gina McKee) come to be with him, as well as two of his friends, Paul (Sam Robards) and Larry (Brian F. O’Byrne). As his family learns to accept the fact that he’s dying, they begin to mend their relationships with each other and to forget a long-time misunderstanding that had kept them apart for many years.
I can’t find the words to say what a strong, powerful, emotional movie this is about life and love. For fans of Angela Lansbury and Dianne Wiest, this is a must-see (although, of course, it’s a must-see for everyone). If you missed it when it aired in February, catch it when it’s on again…don’t forget to bring a box of tissues!
Generations of brilliance