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posted Friday, August 20, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 34
Patrik, Age 1.5 is a charmer
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Patrik, Age 1.5 is a charmer

by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

Patrik, Age 1.5
Opening August 20


Queer parenting is all the rage of late. From Annette Bening and Julianne Moore on the silver screen to Rep. Jamie Pederson, his partner Eric, and their little four-man bobsled team Trygve, Leif, Erik, and Anders, Queer parents are out and proud and - according to the researchers behind the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study - doing fairly well.

With all the uproar, one might think it's a new phenomenon. But Queer folks have been raising children for a long, long time. These days we're just doing it officially (or trying to, anyway).

Writer/director Ella Lemhagen taps the zeitgeist with her film fest darling Patrik, Age 1.5, the story of Göran and Sven (Gustaf Skarsgård and Torkel Petersson), a Swedish married couple who set out to adopt a child. The boys run into a series of roadblocks before finally getting the letter they had hoped for, the letter telling them their son Patrik, age 1.5, was on the way.

Unfortunately, an errant decimal point can wreak massive havoc quite disproportionate to its size. Patrik (Thomas Ljungman) is, in fact, a 15-year-old homophobe with a history of violence. Let the games begin.

Patrik, Age 1.5 is a charming Swedish film, and I love charming Swedish films. The Swedes are lovely folks and a bit weird (I give you SAAB, ABBA, and caviar that comes in toothpaste tubes). Patrik, Age 1.5 is very Swedish and a bit weird. It's also wonderful.

The photography is gorgeous and constantly surprises with its clever composition and brash use of color. Keep an eye out for a Dolly Parton cameo and the zany cast of characters that fill the background spaces of Swedish suburbia.

I don't want to believe it, but apparently there is such a thing as Swedish suburbia, and it seems a little dangerous in a Lynchian sort of way. The neighbors wave politely while conveniently losing party invitations and assuming all Gay men are pedophiles. All the while, a Greek chorus of local brats vandalizes mailboxes while chanting homophobic nonsense. If that's not enough, a neighborhood dad goes careening down the picket fence-lined streets in a '50s-era Chevy (I think it's a Chevy).

Patrik, Age 1.5 is also funny. From uncomfortable party scenes and awkward introductions to seeing a 15-year-old delinquent getting comfy in a room with a bassinet and baby monitor, everything in the landscape seems slightly off-kilter. Who knew raising a 15-year-old delinquent and a 15-month-old baby had so much in common? Both will keep you up at night, and the monitor comes in handy either way.

Patrik, Age 1.5 is also a gut-wrenching family melodrama, like a Douglas Sirk film but with a dash of sarcasm (Sirk could have used a little sarcasm). The errant decimal sends a homophobic delinquent to live with a Queer couple sending the Queer couple into a marital crisis but creating new lines of communication within the extended family. Whew! I'm almost exhausted.

Lemhagen is also an expert at threading the story with clever little intersections that create provocative cinematic moments. The old Dolly Parton hit (covered here by Jessica Andersson) means different things to Göran, Sven, and Patrik as it plays over images of all three.

If there's a problem with Patrik, Age 1.5, it's that the flick never really commits to being a Lynchian suburban nightmare, a light-hearted comedy, a family melodrama, or a smart art-house film. I want to be a guy that likes this fact, but I still felt a tad untied as I watched. That said, this is a great little film that I highly recommend. I just pray they get Justin Bieber to play Patrik in the American version.

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