05 April 2011

Movie Review: Patrik, Age 1.5

The plot of this movie is fairly straight forward and can be discerned by looking at the three image-clusters on the movie poster. 15 year old boy, typewritten text saying Patrik, Age 1 1/2, and then two gay men looking at a paper stunned. It was a light-hearted romantic comedy of sorts.

Two subtle techniques in the film that I found disturbing were (1) the ascetic/masochistic Christian principle that would drive a gay couple to accept a delinquent 15 year old boy in lieu of what they wanted, an infant; and (2) the redirection of surveillance techniques for infants used by a gay couple on a 15 year old delinquent boy.

Now, the movie progresses along and may be a nice date movie -- that is, so long as you don't have any deep commitment or abandonment issues. Curl up with a cup of hot chocolate or calamansi juice and watch. It has just enough surprises (if the two exceptions above don't repulse or creep you out) to make it enjoyable without being predictable.

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