Archive for April, 2010
Could you guys help me out with something? I saw the picture below on a blog or site a few days ago in a higher resolution (at least 1280×1024, might have been even more) and wanted to use it as my desktop wallpaper but it seems like I forgot to save it. So I would be thankful for any hint about where to find it
Goran and Sven are a happily married gay couple. Living in the picturesque suburbs of Sweden, they just need one last thing to make their domestic bliss complete – a baby. When the prospect of adoption looks unlikely, they almost give up hope, until they receive an unexpected letter announcing they are to be given a child. Unfortunately for Goran and Sven, a typo means the one and a half year old baby they are expecting turns out to be a 15-year-old homophobic teen: Patrik.
Patrik, Age 1.5 is a real crowd-pleaser (it won the Audience Award at the 2009 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) which deftly combines humor and romance with more serious subject material. The story is both gay-specific and universal: it’s ultimately about fallible people trying to overcome their difficulties and become a cohesive family while dealing with the added pressures which come from being non-conformists in a small town. Sweden may be a relatively liberal country but that doesn’t mean that every Swedish citizen is without prejudice. Some of the film’s incidents do seem contrived but the believable acting of the leads carries the day and I defy you to watch this film and not warm to its generous spirit. [via]
The neglected siblings Roland and Paul watch the deportation of their immigrant neighbours. When the police has left, they decide to enter the abandoned apartment. Inside they discover another world; exotic food, music, clothes and make-up. For a moment they have the chance to immerse themselves in a world of games and play — however when their father discovers them, they are quickly brought back to reality. A short film by Swedish director Carolina Hellsgård.
A woman has been sentenced to life in prison after she “forced” a 13-year-old boy to touch her breast. The 34-year-old woman who lives in Nevada, USA, was accused of kissing a friend’s son in 2008, asking him if he would have sex with her and placing his hand on her breast. She denied the charges, saying she was drunk and had not forced him to touch her.
She was convicted of lewdness with a minor under 14 and ordered to serve a life sentence, based on Nevada’s mandatory minimum sentence for this class of crime. Jurors were not allowed to know that she faced a life sentence if convicted. Even the judge appeared aghast at the sentence he handed down, saying he had no choice to impose a life sentence but was not sure why the prosecution was insisting on charges under laws which would attract the minimum sentencing requirement (they could have charged her with a lesser offence). The defence notes that “she is getting a greater penalty for having a boy touch her breast than if she killed him.” Read more…