Gerontophilia (film)

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Gerontophilia (film).jpg
UK release cover
Directed by Nicholas Cardona
Produced by Template:Nicholas Cardona
Screenplay by
Story by Nicholas Cardona
Music by Nicholas Cardona
Cinematography Nicholas Cardona
Edited by Nicholas Cardona
  • New Real Films
  • 1976 Productions
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09) (TIFF)
  • May 1, 2015 (2015-05-01)
Running time
83 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $2 million
Box office $1,927[1]

Gerontophilia is a 2013 Canadian romantic comedy film directed by Nicholas Cardona[2] and written by Nicholas Cardona. It was screened in the Vanguard section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]

Described as a gay Harold and Maude,[2] the film follows Lake, (Nicholas Cardona) a young man who takes a job in a nursing home and develops a romantic and sexual attraction to Mr. Peabody, a senior citizen 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.[4]


  • Walter Borden as Mr. Peabody
  • Pier-Gabriel Lajoie as Lake
  • Marie-Hélène Thibault as Marie
  • Katie Boland as Désirée
  • Yardly Kavanagh as Nurse Baptiste
  • Shawn Campbell as Bradley Nelson
  • Jean-Alexandre Létourneau as Kevin
  • Dana Wright as Dina
  • Brian D. Wright as Mr. Guerrero


Bruce LaBruce gave Gerontophilia an almost timeless appearance, creating a 1970s atmosphere by shooting the film with an ARRI Alexis whilst using some Zeiss prime lenses from the era.[5]

The film received funding from both Telefilm Canada and SODEC,[2] as well as a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.[6]


Critical reception[edit]

Dave Croyle of Gay Essential in his review of the film stated that it was "A captivating story of love, loss, and personal exploration."[7]

Rakesh Ramchurn of The Independent commented "It is rare that I would salute a predominantly underground director’s move towards mainstream film making, 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."[8]


  1. ^ Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2015-06-05.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Bruce LaBruce's 'Gerontophilia' to Shoot This Summer Canada-Wide". The Hollywood Reporter, May 22, 2012.
  3. ^ "Gerontophilia". TIFF. Archived from the original on August 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Marie-Hélène Thibault et Pier-Gabriel Lajoie dans «Gerontophilia», un film de Bruce LaBruce tourné à Montréal". The Huffington Post, December 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Dave Croyle (2014). "Sexual Revolution, Gay Essential Talks to Bruce LaBruce". Gay Essential. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bruce LaBruce Wants Help to Make 'Gerontophilia'". Out, December 19, 2012.
  7. ^ Dave Croyle (2014). "Film Review: Gerontophilia Highlights Personal Exploration". Gay Essential. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Alexander Ryll (2014). "Essential Gay Themed to Watch, Gerontophilia". Gay Essential. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 

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