Patrick by Tim Mielants

Genre:
Tragicomedy
Year:
2019
Language:
Dutch, French, English
Format:
97 minutes
Starring:
Kevin Janssens (THE ARDENNES)
Jemaine Clement (FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS)
Pierre Bokma
Katelijne Damen (GIRL)
Hannah Hoekstra
Directed by:
Tim Mielants (PEAKY BLINDERS; TERROR)
Produced by:
Savage Film in co-production with Versus Production, Topkapi Films, Eyeworks Film & TV Drama
From the director of “Peaky Blinders”.
From the producers of “Bullhead” and “Racer and the Jailbird”.


Patrick is the handyman on his father's naturist campsite. The remaining time he dedicates to his hobby, designing and creating furniture. When Patrick loses his campsite hammer, his quest to retrieve it takes him to the farthest corners of the camping grounds. Sure enough, when Patrick's father passes away, Patrick's quest turns existential. Patrick's safety bubble pops and everything he took for granted changes. Is he mourning because of his father? Or is he thinking mostly about his lost hammer? In the meantime, the resident campers are beginning to question Patrick's leadership abilities, fearing for the survival of their beloved sanctuary.

Patrick is an offbeat (and darkly funny) family drama about people's peculiarities, about letting go and being happy with who you are.

 

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"The film is a portrait composed of painstakingly observed tiny details."
(SCREEN INTERNATIONAL)

"Mielants takes great pleasure in transforming this quest for a missing hammer into a breath-taking psychological thriller, steeped in anxiety-inducing music and smoke-and-mirrors twists and turns."
(CINEUROPA)

"Rarely before have we seen characters as naked as these having so much to hide."
(CINEUROPA)

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"A sublimely subversive feature."
(FILMUFORIA)