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Patrik, Age 1.5


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  • Actors: Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson, Tom Ljungman, Amanda Davin, Annika Hallin
  • Directors: Ella Lemhagen
  • Writers: Ella Lemhagen, Michael Druker
  • Producers: Ann Collenberg, Gunnar Carlsson, Lars Blomgren, Mathias Berggren, Peter Possne
  • Format: Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Dec 7 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041ONFJY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,422 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave and Joe TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 23 2010
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A wonderful, tearful and joyful movie. Manages to tell a story without lapsing into stereotypes or relying on tired 'arch' and campy humour. The laughs come from situations, not mannerisms - from seeing human commonality rather than human difference. This is a family film about family - and the diversity in family. Great performances, lovely script, a film to be watched over and over again. One of the best movies with a gay theme we've ever seen.
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This film was stopped at The Canadian border for a belief it was promoting under age sex with homosexual men,they were convince it was "Patrick 15" not patrick 1.5,funny the movie "milk money" and "birth" were let into Canada over the international border and did not set off any alarms...why because these films ("milk money" and "birth")had nothing to do with homosexual men,just heterosexual couples
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Satisfying, well-made, and cheerful gay films are sometimes few and far between. Thankfully some of Europe has gotten past the Brokeback Mountain phase and more films like Patrick Age 1.5 are being made ("North Sea, Texas" is another one). The three leads fill their roles well and the film keeps the focus on the important story, which is the changing opinions of all the characters as they come together as a family. A recurring shot of Patrick in his bed is a wonderful marker as he stays awake the first night, sleeps the next, and by the end of the film he is comfortably resting under the covers. An intimate and genuine film.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Sweet, Sad, Funny - A Must See Nov. 21 2010
By C. Clay - Published on Amazon.com
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This film is really worth your time. It's about family, about bonds, about love and relationships. It's about neighbors and community. It's about respect and prejudice, and changing the way people think and act. The story revolves around a gay male couple recently moved into their suburban home full of 'traditional straight familes'. Intent of adopting a baby, a mix-up occurs and they end up with 15-year old Patrik - troubled, and abused by a failed adoption/foster care system. This homophobic young lad unintentionally wrecks havoc on the home life of Goran and Sven. As the film unfolds, we learn just how much an open-mind and giving heart can change the way people think. With dramatic moments, the story adds just enough laughs - so at worst, you may be laughing through your tears. I won't give away the ending, but at least it's as positive as it can be without being too 'Brady Bunch' perfect. The movie is a reminder to us all in this day and age that there is no room for hate. Love comes from withn and is infectious. The movie is in Swedish with English Subtitles.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Thank you Amazon for finding this amazing film. July 24 2011
By Davey - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a senior citizen and am VERY critical of what I like in a DVD. Purchasing the motion picture "Patrik 1.5" I had NO idea what I was getting. The reviews I read sounded interesting but I could have gone wrong. Without a doubt I picked the right one for sure. Even though this is a Danish production and it has titles you can overlook this minor flaw. Not being a homosexual I watched it the first time with a little hesitancy. When I finished watching the tears began to flow. Every aspect of the film is amazing. The actors - especially the young man who plays Patrik are all of high caliper. You feel you've known these people on your street, on your block and in your neighborhood. I wonder why the producers in this country can't make a film of such excellence. We don't need all these silly comedies about boy meets girl, boy looses girl, boy get girl back. Weither you are straight, gay, black, white, male or female just watch and be entertained. I'm not giving away the plot but you WILL be amazed at how this production evolves into a wonderful and tearful ending. Thank you Amazon for bringing this picture to my attention by my browsing thru your listings. Rent this movie, buy this movie when you can. You WON'T be disappointed I'm sure.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
sweet film Jan. 23 2011
By Joseph Kaiser - Published on Amazon.com
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The previews were advertised as funny but in actuality this was a more serious film and less funny. However it had a sweet undertone and the typical stereotypes one would expect to see did not happen but others did. The director showed in his film that underneath the polite and liberal Swedish family there were some who resented the gays living among them. We really liked it.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Who of us couldn't fall in love with this...... Sept. 13 2010
By JUST A REVIEWER2 - Published on Amazon.com
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.....guy....this Goran....this Gustaf Skarsgard....this standout performer.

After all, it is this actor who is the heart and the soul of this story-with-a-twist. Here's a performer whose every thought is readable in his face....whose every emotion makes its way across to us. And you know what's special about this? It's that no one can just "act" these things; these are things you have to "be" within yourself. I think the Skarsgard we see onscreen is the very same man off screen---and who of us wouldn't want a someone like that?

And if Skarsgard is all of that, then it is Tom Ljungman, as Patrik, who is the zest and the vitality of this movie....the one who gels it all. Wherever Sweden was able to come up with such an accomplished SIXTEEN year old is beyond me. The only thing left to say about this young man is: "Gustaf Skarsgard, you'd better watch out; someone is hard on your heels."

Oh, and I don't think any of us would kick a Torkel Petersson (Sven) out of....ahem...., either.

Postscript for The Wonderful Director (Underbar Direktör): Dear Ella Lemhagen....The ONLY thing this most satisfied movie viewer could think of to change in this exceptional film would be the Closing Credits and its "Crosscountry Run." Of course, you know the place I mean (new viewers will have to see it for themselves). Full of Piss + Vinegar Patrik (Age 1.5) would be in the "leading lane".....followed closely by Daddy Goran.....then Papa Sven.....and bringing up the rear, daughter Isabell (who can even keep Patrik on his toes).

(( Be sure and grab a look at the overlooked "Handsome Harry" starring TV's Jamey Sheridan and filmdom's Steve Buscemi. Also, try the unusual "From Beginning to End". I've got reviews here for both of them ))
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Blessed typo - a big-hearted and wonderfully entertaining film from Sweden Dec 15 2010
By Blue in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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"Patrik, Age 1.5" is a fine small film from Sweden that has some great things to say about compassion, honesty in relationships and seeing past stereotypes. The film has a marvelous cast and is deftly directed by Ella Lemhagen. In a nutshell, "Patrik" is the story of a gay professional couple (Goran and Sven), living a "straight" suburbanite life style, who apply to the local social services administration to adopt a baby. Their application is approved, but even in socially progressive Sweden, babies are rarely placed with gay adoptive parents. Out of the blue, the disappointed couple is informed that they have been chosen to parent Patrik, a 1.5 year old boy with a troubled past. When Patrik arrives at their door, Goran and Sven discover that the letter from social services contained a small typo and that Patrik is actually a 15 year old with serious attitude, including some strongly stated homophobic bias. As the couple tries to rectify what they perceive as an error, a bonding process with Patrik begins. Goran, the more domestic and nurturing member of the couple, in particular begins to see Patrik's situation with compassion. His partner, Sven, is rapidly moving in the opposite direction and eventually precipitates a split when he repudiates the whole domestic setup. The rest of the film is about the growth of the two adults as human beings and the adolescent Patrik into a trusting young adult.

The cast of "Patrik" is uniformly excellent and the actors relate well and credibly to each other. The real standouts in the film are Gustaf Skarsgard, who plays the ever optimistic and loving Goran and Tom Ljungman who plays Patrik of the title role. Skarsgard gives Goran emotional strength and humanity that prevails against the several crises that are written into the script. Goran is able to endure everyday homophobia, a partner with a lot of baggage (history of alcohol abuse, inability to emotionally commit, etc.) and a host of bureaucratic obstacles in pursuit of parenthood. Over the course of the film, he has the audience completely in his pocket, even when he gives up something that he wants very much in order to do the right thing for someone he loves.

This is a sweet and effecting film that will require at least one handkerchief for most viewers. Highly recommended.


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