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Patrik, Age 1.5 [DVD]

Gustaf Skarsgård , Torkel Petersson , Marek Wieser    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson, Thomas Ljungman, Annika Hallin, Amanda Davin
  • Directors: Marek Wieser
  • Producers: Fredrik Emilson
  • 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 (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NEQ7V6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,995 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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A small typographical error" 13 Jun 2010
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Suburban bliss? 13 Sep 2010
By Bart
Format:DVD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Parenthood, not quite as planned. 27 Sep 2010
By Bom
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oozes with charm 11 Feb 2013
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A gay couple apply to adopt a child. After an administrative error, instead of a 1.5 year old infant they end up with a 15 year old aggressive, homophobic teenager with a criminal record to boot! Things run less than smoothly, putting a great strain on the couples relationship.

One of the delights of this movie is watching the 15 year old slowly adopt to his new way of life, develop as a character and ultimately come round to accepting his new parents.

A touching and adorable film with one of the greatest endings I have ever seen. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and not what I expected (in a good way) 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
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! 14 Aug 2013
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I do have to question the Swedish Adoption Process if they just send children to their new parents in a taxi without any formal introductions, but that ludicrosity aside this is a fantastic movie. To observe the prejudice from both sides, and how they come to terms with each other (some more roughly than others) is beautiful. The film also deals with how the community deals with this 'new family', which is a little disturbing, but it is all very well handled.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film
This is a lovely film, that I think everyone could enjoy. It's funny, observational, sensitive and heart warming. Read more
Published 6 months ago by candygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected pleasure
I bought this casually purely based on the cover. I thought it was a nonsense comedy film, chewing gum for the mind sort of thing. Actually it's nothing of the sort. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Soros
5.0 out of 5 stars a feel good gem
This was so much more than I had been expecting , yes its a comedy and a little silly at times but it never falls into being sentimental or clichéd . Read more
Published 10 months ago by cartoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivated
Constantly surprising; I seem to find more each time I view it. If I'm feeling low it perks me up. It's become a favourite.
Published 16 months ago by Mike Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Sane and pure but slightly easy
A film all based on qui pro quos. A gay married couple in Sweden comes into a new neighbourhood. Goran is a doctor and Sven is his husband. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jacques COULARDEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars I was so wrong
The film is subtitled but I decided i would watch it after I was corrected the movie is a gem do not miss it
Published 23 months ago by B. H. Charalambous
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film!
Patrik 1.5 is a wonderful, sweet and funny film. Göran and Sven are a couple who want a child of their own but there is some heartache and lots of love and laughter. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2012 by Marja
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely film
This is a lovely film and, unlike so much current Scandinavian drama, demonstrates that the Swedish landscape can be colourful, not merely shades of grey. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Gay Londoner
4.0 out of 5 stars charming comedy
This film has a very winning charm and is certainly enjoyable, with enough tension to add a dramatic edge. Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by schumann_bg
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm hearted and hightly recommended
Great film with a warm heart. Not overly realistic, but who cares? It addresses the issue of LGBT adoption with wamth and humour, making the assorted homophobes appear stupid and... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by ProgFan001
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