Theatrical release cover
|Directed by||Bruce LaBruce|
|Story by||Bruce LaBruce|
|Music by||Ramachandra Borcar|
|Edited by||Glenn Berman|
|Distributed by||Filmoption International|
Gerontophilia is a 2013 Canadian romantic comedy-drama film directed by Bruce LaBruce and written by LaBruce and Daniel Allen Cox. The film had its world premiere in the Venice Days section at the 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 28, 2013, and was screened in the Vanguard section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Described as a gay Harold and Maude, the film follows Lake, a young man who takes a job in a nursing home and develops a romantic and sexual attraction to Mr. Peabody, an elderly resident in the facility. Unlike most of LaBruce's earlier films, Gerontophilia is not sexually explicit; instead, LaBruce chose to adapt his traditional themes of sexual taboo into a film more palatable to a mainstream audience.
Lake is an 18-year-old college student who discovers that he has a romantic attraction to older men even though he is already in a relationship with his girlfriend Désirée. One day, he applies for a nursing job at a retirement home, where he meets an older man named Mr. Peabody, and the two of them become close friends as Lake is working at the facility. After a while, the two men develop a romantic and sexual relationship. After noticing that the residents are being overdosed on their medication by the employees, Lake decides to take Peabody off his daily medication and help him escape to a better place. This results in the two of them taking a cross-country road trip together that deepens their bond.
Dave Croyle of Gay Essential called the film a "captivating story of love, loss, and personal exploration."
Rakesh Ramchurn of The Independent commented, "It is rare that I would salute a predominantly underground director's move towards mainstream filmmaking, but by toning down the sex and nudity of his previous works, LaBruce has made a film that I hope will be enjoyed by wide audiences in the months to come."