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. They were accepted for adoption but
they were finally answered that no country in the world accepts to entrust a
child for adoption to a homosexual couple. The deception is great but one day a
letter arrives from social services. It contains a mistake and they are
announced they will get a child of 1.5 years of age, Patrik is his name.
kid that arrives is in fact 15, mother dead, father unknown, ten years in
foster homes and institutions, a lot of delinquent acts, etc. Sven panics
completely whereas Goran accepts the child, or rather teenager. Strangely
enough Patrik is going to help Goran and Sven get accepted in the neighbourhood
because he becomes the gardener of everyone, for money of course, and he
becomes the skateboard coach of the kids in the street, etc.
The end is a
happy ending of course and it is not the real interest of the film. The real
interest is to show that after and beyond all kinds of prejudices people deeply
need at any age simple contact with others, contact that is called love and
that it has nothing to do with sex really. Love is the food of angels and all
children, and all people should be angels and get their ration, and even more
that that everyday, of love.
And it is so
simple at times to find what can give someone the certainty they are loved, the
guarantee they will be loved. Of course it is not simple and it cannot be easy
to do but it is needed, provided people get out of their fears and fear is bigotry
most of the time. We have no reason to be afraid of anything. To give a child
one’s own shirt for that child to look good when he needs to look good is more
important than all the treasures of Arabia.
message of this film, and as such it works marvellously.
The perfect devil's trap
The devil is a bigot