A powerful drama about love in the shadow of AIDS, written by renowned Swedish author Jonas Gardell after his bestselling series of books with the same title. The series has won Swedish Kristallen Award, and the Audience Award at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris in April 2013, in competition with series such as "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead".
When Rasmus (Adam Pålsson) gets off the train in Stockholm in September 1982 he leaves his small home town behind, never to return. Young and beautiful he throws himself into the gay community of Stockholm.
Benjamin (Adam Lundgren) is a Jehovah’s Witness. Eagerly he walks from door to door spreading God’s word, nothing disturbing his faith. Not until he knocks on Paul’s door, one of the warmest, funniest and bitchiest gay people God has ever created.
At Paul’s annual Christmas party Rasmus and Benjamin meet and fall deeply in love. A short time of happiness follows, but suddenly young men starts to get sick, fade away and die. AIDS has come to Stockholm, a city where most people go on living as if nothing happened.
”Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves” attracted a huge audience and was hailed by critics when aired in Sweden in the fall of 2012.
The love story touched the hearts of viewers, young and old, straight and gay. The series dominated the conversation in social media and it’s official Twitter hashtag was trending in Sweden for several weeks.
”Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves” was aired on BBC in December 2013 and received much critical and public acclaim. It has also been released on DVD in England.
VOICES OF THE PRESS:
“Shocking, instructive, poignant, this three-part Swedish drama set in 1982 is a breathtaking television masterwork. [...] Quite brilliant television. Watch it.”
Mike Bradley, The Observer
“Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves is a superb three-part drama, set in Stockholm during the early years of the Aids epidemic. [...] First and foremost, however, it is a love story — and a wholly convincing one at that.”
David Chater, The Times
“Touching, bleak, at times painful to watch, this was a stark reminder of the disease’s impact. [...] It was beautifully shot”
Sarah Rainey, The Telegraph