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Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)

Patrik 1,5 (original title)
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A Swedish gay couple adopt what they think is an 18-month-old orphan, only to meet their new son, a 15-year-old homophobic delinquent.

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Amanda Davin ...
Isabell
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Eva
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Lennart Ljung
Anette Sevreus ...
Louise Ljung
Mats Blomgren ...
Jan Åström
Malin Cederblad ...
Monika Åström (as Malin Cederbladh)
Antti Reini ...
Tommy Karlsson
Mirja Burlin ...
Carina Karlsson
Vilde Helmerson ...
Lillebror Karlsson
Patrik Rydmark ...
Storebror Karlsson / Big Brother
Anders Lönnbro ...
Urban Adler
Anna Wallander ...
Sister Irja
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Storyline

Goran and Sven have been cleared for adoption and are given the option to adopt Swedish orphan "Patrik 1,5," but when Patrik arrives, he turns out not to be the little boy they were expecting. A comma was misplaced, and the boy they receive is a 15-year-old homophobe with a criminal past. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some language and brief sexual content | See all certifications »
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12 September 2008 (Sweden)  »

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Patrik, Age 1.5  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,724 (USA) (6 August 2010)

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$56,299 (USA) (15 October 2010)
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The first night Patrik stays in the house, he sneaks out of his locked room, and looks around the house. After playing Foosball, he picks up a book of drawings. The book is about the works of an iconic gay artist Touko Laaksonen, better known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland (8 May 1920 - 7 November 1991). Laaksonen was a Finnish artist most noted for his stylized all male erotic and fetish art and his influence on gay culture from the 1970s until the present. Many people believe that he was the most important creator of gay male erotic and semi-erotic art. See more »

Goofs

At 40:15 the kids leave the skate pipe, and the left skateboard is standing on its wheels. - When Patrik reaches the scene, the skateboard suddenly lies on its back. See more »

Quotes

Patrik Eriksson: There's something about me that triggers bad things.
Göran Skoogh: Patrik...
Patrik Eriksson: It's true! It's been that way since Ma died right in front of me.
Göran Skoogh: [incredulously] Were you there when she died?
Patrik Eriksson: Me and the dog, they say. She had set out juice and crackers, and then she died. She'd been dead for 24 hours by the time they found us. We ate up all the crackers. Good thing she put out those crackers. They put the dog down, you know. Nobody to take care of it. Nobody to take care of me, either, but they couldn't very ...
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References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

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Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow
Lyrics and Music Composed by Max Linder
Performed by Max Linder
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Should be called 'The Charm Of Gustaf Skarsgard'
2 February 2012 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I found this film to be a very satisfying experience, but then again, much of Swedish cinema has this effect upon me.

This is not so much a story about a gay couple attempting to adopt a baby boy (and being sent a surly, delinquent 15-year-old) as it is about family, relationships, fitting in, making compromises, and ultimately discovering that what you have may just be what you need.

Most of the movie takes place in a 'nice' suburban street, a kind of Stepford-meets-Pleasantville. Residents spend their spare time in the garden, socialising with others in the street, and being nice to one another. Enter a gay couple who are in the process of adopting a child. Not only does the neighbourhood have to adjust, but so do the couple themselves, and eventually the 'child' they adopt.

Gustaf Skarsgard carries this film almost single-handed. His character

  • Goran - is subtle, charming, patient and caring. He is the one who


eventually forms a meaningful relationship with the 'son' who turns up at their door - wonderfully played by Tom Ljungman, who will be someone to keep an eye on in the future. It's hard to believe he was only 16 at the time of filming, as he creates a character in 3 dimensions.

I like people-movies, and this is definitely a people movie. It is not complicated or terribly deep, but it held my attention fully, and I was sorry when it ended.

Just one more comment........... There is a blue car which speeds down the street, and kids and dogs have to jump out of its way. This happens about 2-3 times throughout the course of the film, and is never explained. It reminded me of the motor cycle which sped through the town in 'Local Hero'; rather a nice touch, although not original.

9 stars.


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