Filmfest reviews: Patrik 1.5, College Boys Live at TIGLFF


College Boys Live The documentary surrounding the scandalous website of the same name details the lives of two "housemothers" and three boys (none of whom is actually in college) living in a webcam house in 24/7 voyeurism. It's entertaining to watch the housemothers attempt to convince themselves, amidst their $20,000/mo earnings, that they aren't running a sex site: especially among images of the site's toolbars (Live Sex Feeds, Sex Cams) and the 30-minute nude chatting requirement they enforce. It's heartbreaking, however, to listen to houseboy Tim recount his true feelings as the ’mothers offer the three boys with troubled pasts a home full of violence, alcohol and obsessive, movie villain-esque site members. While the documentary isn't particularly well-constructed in terms of pace, narrative or style, the information presented does leave an impression: one that will stick with you 24/7. Fri. Oct. 16, 11 p.m., Tampa Theatre. Ryan Jent

Patrik 1.5 I can count on one hand the number of subtitled films I've watched — and prior to watching Patrik 1.5 I'd have wagered its place would be on my middle finger. The Swedish film showcases the perfect gay couple, their new suburban home and an adoption gone awry, saddling them with a homophobic, criminal teenager due to a typing error. No thanks. It all sounded a bit trite, ridden with tired plot devices. Then I watched it. Beautifully shot, its place wasn't on my middle finger — but rather my thumb, pointing straight up and a bit green from the film's symbolism. Goran loves to garden; his husband, Sven, loves to drink. It turns out that Patrik, 15 and not 1.5, loves to garden as well — and the film blossoms into something beautiful. I've never seen another Swedish film, but if they're anything like Patrik 1.5, I'm getting a passport. (Or updating my Netflix queue.) Friday, Oct. 16, 9 p.m., Tampa Theatre. —Ryan Jent

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