Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

(De Patrick)

Year: 2019
Country: BELGIUM
Language: Dutch, English, French
Run Time: 100 minutes


The occupants of the naturist campsite owned by Patrick’s father sure have a lot to hide, considering they live in the buff. TV director Tim Mielants (Peaky Blinders) makes his feature debut with the Belgian tragicomedy, PATRICK. Although Patrick serves as the naturists’ handyman, he spends his spare time designing and building handcrafted furniture. Equipped with little ambition, Patrick’s meticulously organized workshop is his world. When one of his prized hammers goes missing, that world comes crashing down. Even after Patrick’s father dies, leaving him to run the campsite, it is the absent hammer that sends him spiraling, shirking his new leadership role to play detective and interrogate his neighbors. As the surprisingly middling inhabitants of Patrick’s camp grow restless, the community begins to reveal its true self—under the skin, that is. Mielants captures near-constant nudity with nonchalance, leaning instead into Patrick’s existential discomfort by jumping between comedy and tragedy without skipping a beat. An eccentric story about emotional vulnerability and self-acceptance, PATRICK is a man on a quest to fill the hammer-shaped hole in his heart (and on his wall). (In English, Dutch, and French with subtitles) — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 9:30 PM

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 11:15 AM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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Principal Cast
Kevin Janssens, Pierre Bokma, Katelijne Damen, Hannah Hoekstra

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