Patrik, Age 1.5

Directed By: Ella Lemhagen


A gay adoption story set in Sweden, hardly the stuff of normal romantic comedies. Still, this quirky little film, has a comma causing a clerical error (much, it seems, like in Brazil), resulting in the couple adopting a 15 year old delinquent instead of an 18-month old.

Certainly this could have been a cloying, saccharine mess, but the performances hold up very well, the emotions seem real, and the conflicts are genuine and believable. Sure, it’s all going to work out in the end somehow, but it’s an ending well deserved, and few easy ways are taken to threaten the verisimilitude.

Grade: B+


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