Pier-Gabriel Lajoie (left) and Walter Borden get it on in Gerontophilia.
GERONTOPHILIA (Bruce LaBruce). 82 minutes. Opens Friday (July 4). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
A young man named Lake (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie) has a poster of the aged Gandhi hanging on his bedroom wall. You assume the image is meant to inspire idealism, but then you realize that Lake finds older men attractive. Gandhi is meant to inspire an erection.
For those familiar with Canadian queer provocateur Bruce LaBruce, this lightly comic coming-of-ager about a fetish for seniors might not be so shocking.
Lake is an uncommonly enthusiastic employee in a seniors' home, who's eager to take on sponge bath duties and gets a hard-on when he's called upon to perform CPR. If such initial yucks seem like an attempt to needle and get a rise out of conservative audiences, LaBruce surprises with the burgeoning romance between Lake and 81-year-old Mr. Peabody (Walter Borden, who is frequently fabulous).
Their Harold-and-Maude relationship has a warmth and tenderness that carries it beyond fetish. Unfortunately, once they find their groove, the film gets a bit too comfortable, just going through the typical romantic motions.
Happily, Katie Boland, as Lake's hilarious revolution-obsessed ex-girlfriend, keeps prodding the movie back to life.