Two films about teenage sexuality yielding contrasting results: Bruce LaBruce's Gerontophilia is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a teenager's passion for an octogenarian, while François Ozon's Young & Beautiful is a chic yet tacky take on a teenage girl's decision to prostitute herself.
Canada, 2013—Dir. Bruce LaBruce
Lake (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie) the dreamy teen hero of Bruce LaBruce’s wonderful latest, Geronotophilia, has a thing for older guys. And by that I mean really older guys, such as those occupying the Corps a Coeur rest home where his mother is working. When Lake also lands a job at this facility it’s like he’s entered the erotic paradise of his dreams: he can’t stop peeping at gowns coming agape and revealing wrinkly male body parts. And his eyes widen with glee when he’s assigned to give a sponge bath to a resident, Melvin Peabody (Walter Boden), with whom he ends up falling in love.