Gerontophilia

An aimless 19-year-old in Montreal gets a job at a nursing home, starts experimenting with prescription drugs, and becomes erotically obsessed with elderly men. Ever the provocateur, director Bruce LaBruce (The Raspberry Reich, L.A. Zombie) presents all this as a tender coming-of-age story—in fact it often looks like a made-for-TV family film—which makes the material feel even more perverse. The cast does a good job at playing it straight (though Pier-Gabriel Lajoie, the inexperienced young performer who plays the lead, doesn’t seem like he’s acting at all); Walter Borden is surprisingly tender as the catty octogenarian who steals the young man’s heart. In English and subtitled French.