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Gerontophilia

An 18-year-old lad with a penchant for pensioners takes a job in a care home and falls for an 81-year-old man. Shocking? The big shock here is that director LaBruce eschews his usual hardcore style for a film that is positively gentle and pleasing.
Schedule
May 24, 2014
Saturday
9:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
May 25, 2014
Sunday
11:00 AM Harvard Exit Date has passed

A nurturer by nature, cute, 18-year-old Lake (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie) is in what seems to be a successful relationship with impassioned girlfriend Desiree (Katie Boland). But underneath the placid surface, Lake has a particular fetish: He is attracted to much older men, possessing a penchant for pensioners if you will. When his boozy mother, Marie (Marie-Hélène Thibault) secures him a gap-year job as an orderly at the Coup de Coeur nursing home, Lake strikes up a romance with octogenarian Melvyn Peabody, who springs to life when his young lover begins replacing his meds with martinis. As people discover their secret, the sexual outlaws head out on a fugitive road trip, and before long, their relationship no longer seems as unusual as it first appears.. Don’t be frightened by the presence of Canadian trash-art provocateur and director Bruce LaBruce (whose Pierrot Lunaire is also playing at SIFF 2014). Gerontophilia is as sweet and pleasing as his earlier works were hardcore and confrontational, with LaBruce focusing on feelings with a surprising reserve and finesse. Wiser than he used to be, LaBruce rolls out a beautiful and charming tale of love beyond prejudice.

Director Biography

Bruce LaBruce is a Toronto-based filmmaker, writer, director, photographer, and artist. He began his career in the mid-eighties making a series of short experimental super 8 shorts and co-editing a punk fanzine called "J.D.s," which begat the queercore movement.

Sponsored by Babeland

Director: Bruce LaBruce
Principal Cast: Pier-Gabriel Lajoie, Marie-Hélène Thibault, Walter Borden, Katie Boland
Country: Canada
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Nicolas Comeau, Leonard Farlinger, Jennifer Jonas
Screenplay: Bruce LaBruce, Daniel Allen Cox
Cinematographers: Nicolas Canniccioni
Editors: Glenn Berman
Music: Ramachandra Borcar
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2013 (Grand Prize)
Filmography: Pierrot Lunaire (2014); L.A. Zombie (2010); Otto; Or, Up with Dead People (2008); The Raspberry Reich (2004); Skin Flick (1998); Hustler White (1996); Super 8 1/2 (1994); No Skin Off My Ass (1991)
Language: English, French
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: MK2
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