Patrick

Patrick

Movie: Patrick
Director: Richard Franklin
Produced by: Australian International Film Corporation, Filmways Pictures
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MPAA Rating: PG

In Australian director Richard Franklin’s Patrick, the subject of psychokinesis is used, not for the creation of De Palma-like bloodbath special effects as in Carrie and The Fury, but as an expression of a deeply disturbed persona. Patrick is first seen in the intensive care section of a hospital in a state of extreme catatonia — after murdering his mother and her lover. Dr. Roget is the doctor in charge of the clinic who first tends to Patrick, but when new nurse Kathy Jacquard arrives, she is assigned Patrick’s case. As she cares for the comatose man, Patrick falls in love with her, telekinetically writing love notes to her on her typewriter. Kathy begins to suspect something is amiss when the doctors and nurses at the hospital who want to speed along the comatose man to his death start to die in mysterious ways. As Patrick’s condition continues to deteriorate and he realizes that he is on the verge of death, he then wants Kathy to kill herself to join him when he dies.

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