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  • Actors: Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson, Thomas Ljungman, Annika Hallin, Amanda Davin
  • Directors: Ella Lemhagen
  • Producers: Tomas Michaelsson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NEQ7V6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,368 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Patrick 1,5 is a funny, affectionate and unpredictable gay family comedy. After a seemingly endless wait, long-term gay couple Goran and Sven have had their adoption papers approved - and infant Patrick, age 1.5 is on his way! Everything would have been perfect too, had it not been for just a little error at the adoption agency. It seems one decimal point had been misplaced, and when a 15-year-old homophobe with a criminal past shows at their door the perfect home quickly becomes the setting for the perfect storm. Devoid of a single false note, Patrick 1,5 is an satirical and frequently touching film that boldly redefines what a family is.

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This years gay indie hit flat-out wonderful --Afterelton.com

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Son of Nietzsche on 13 Jun. 2010
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Sven and his husband Göran move into a new house in a suburban-hell neighbourhood. Göran, the younger of the two men, is dreaming of a white-picket-fence family. Sven is less certain: he already has a 15-year-old daughter by his ex-wife, and she despises him. Nevertheless, the couple have been approved for adoption, and after some initial hiccups, they are delighted to receive a letter inviting them to adopt Patrik, described as 1.5 years old. Preparations for the new arrival get underway, as both partners become increasingly excited about the prospect of welcoming a baby into their lives.

15-year-old Patrik, an aggressive and homophobic teen with an impressive criminal record, arrives on their doorstep. A "small typographical error", as the adoption agency describes this situation. Sven reacts badly, shuns Patrik and demands that that he be returned to the institution. Göran is more sensitive from the outset, and helplessly forms a paternal bond with Patrik, despite the latter's visceral rejection of Sven and Göran. This leads to inevitable tensions between Sven and Göran: Sven returns to alcoholism, leaving Göran trying to navigate a path with a reluctant and hostile Patrik.

PATRIK 1,5 (Swedish, with subtitles) initially seems as though it will be thoroughly predictable; in some senses of course it is - though enough curves are thrown into traditional story arcs to keep the film both fresh and entertaining. Ostensibly a comedy, the film is indeed tremendously amusing, but also draws in a myriad of social and cultural themes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bart on 13 Sept. 2010
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In Swedish Suburbia, among identical houses, meticiously tended gardens and all-day-bbqing residents, Göran and Sven decide to have a go at adoption. They didn't know what hit them when 15 year old homophobic yob Patrik turned up on their doorstep. Ever so tenderly and lovingly, director Ella Lemhagen coached her cast into a tale of growing mutual respect and coming to terms with the unexpected and unknown. Of course, everyone lives happily ever after. But I was gobsmacked over how this had been brought about. P A 1.5 is no fairytale, but could easily have happened in real life. In its stride, this picture takes on homophobia, suffocating suburban values, bureaucracy and the fine line between good and bad relations. Lead Gustaf Skarsgärd managed to 'carry' the plot in a very pleasant, affluent even, way. He radiated an almost serene calm in every situation, whether it be verbal abuse by local kids, the occasional fall out with lover Sven, the discrimatory remarks made by neighbours with painted smiles and his carry on with adopted Patrik. Praise to this guy. He deserves world wide acclaim! Feel a bit down about yourself? Watch 'Patrik Aged 1.5'. It's sure to perk you up. Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bom on 27 Sept. 2010
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Little to add to the previous positive reviews, except to say that, along with being a well-crafted, thoughtful and engaging story, this film is also beautifully shot, with a great use of colour. If I have a slight criticism it is only that there is perhaps too little sense of real danger from the character of Patrik, whose underlying good nature soon breaks through the tough-teen veneer thanks to the kind and open-hearted Goran (a delightful, pitch-perfect performance by Gustaf Skarsgard).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wburnett@hotmail.com on 27 Jan. 2013
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I have to say, I was expecting a much more light hearted movie with this, and for innocent humour and maybe even some slapstick at the very worst.

What I got instead was a touching drama about a youth that has been damaged and the building of trust from the couple who experience this error in the system (possibly a statement on how the system actually is). I found it to be not overly sentimental and the drink problem of one of the couple aided this far from being the "child" gay movie I half expected. A wonderful addition to any movie collection, straight or gay. I am gay though, just for the record and so you can judge my bias or un-bias :P.

Overall, a lovely little gem of a film :)

Jonah
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2011
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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.
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