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Baby Love (Comme les autres)

January 2, 2016

CLAI was discussing with a RC priest friend why we both loathed ‘Holy Family Sunday’ and this film shows how many gay men buiy into it instead of modelling something different.

Emmanuel wanted a child but Philippe didn’t. One day, Emmanuel decides to take the plunge, at the risk of losing Philippe. But how do you make a child when you are gay?

Manu, a gay pediatrician in his forties, would be perfectly happy if he could adopt a child and bring him or her up with his partner, Philippe, a lawyer. Where the shoe pinches is that Philippe is pleased with his present life and will not have it spoiled by the invading presence of a wailing brat. Unable to find an agreement the two lovers part. Manu, although shaken, is single-minded about finding a surrogate mother, willing to give him the child he craves. Fina, an Argentine beauty trying to get a job, but held back because of her lack of immigrant papers, might do the job for him in exchange for a marriage of convenience. However, as Blaise Pascal would put it, “The heart has reasons that Reason cannot know”.

The film was inspired by an actual situation and real facts that happened to Manu (also the main character’s name in the film), a friend of the writer-director’s.

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