Papi Chulo

Directed by John Butler
USA, Ireland
113 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A twist on the buddy comedy: after an on-air meltdown, a gay TV weatherman (Matt Bomer) hires a straight Latino migrant (Alejandro Patiño) to do odd jobs and be his friend in this charming movie.

Following his very public breakdown during a live broadcast, Sean is forced to take leave from work. Scarred from the end of a long-term relationship, lonely and aimless, Sean decides to do some home repairs. Outside a hardware store, he hires Ernesto to carry out the work. Though they have no shared language and can barely communicate, Sean and Ernesto form an unusual friendship, and Sean is soon paying Ernesto to go boating, hiking and attend parties with him – causing much amusement for Ernesto’s wife. Gradually the source of Sean’s unusual behaviour becomes clear, making the profound bond between the two men all the more poignant, in this funny, empathetic film by John Butler (Handsome Devil).

It’s hard to imagine word of mouth being anything but positive for this sensitively acted charmer of a movie.
Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
John Butler makes it clear... that one can intelligently and entertainingly illuminate universal verities about basic human needs by focusing on specific details of place, class, and sexual orientation.
Joe Leydon, Variety

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Sun 9 June
Event Cinemas George St 9
Past Event Cancel
Fri 14 June
Event Cinemas George St 4
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
Features, Latin America
Unclassified 15+
USA, Ireland
In English and Spanish
John Butler
Rebecca O'Flanagan, Robert Walpole
Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño
John Butler
Cathal Watters
John O'Connor
Latin America, Comedy, LGBTIQ Films
Company Credits
World Sales: Bankside Films
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