Gonçalo Waddington was born in Lisbon, 1975. Waddington is an actor, stage director, director, playwright, screenwriter and producer. He directed
two shorts: Immaculate, which he also wrote and produced, premiered at the IndieLisboa International
Film Festival in 2013; Nameless, co-written with Marco Martins, premiered at the Las Palmas de Gran
Canaria International Film Festival, which won a Special Mention at the IndieLisboa International Film
Festival in 2010. Waddington is a very well-known stage and film actor, in Portugal. He acted in films by Miguel Gomes, Marco Martins, Margarida Cardoso, João Canijo, Ivo M. Ferreira, among others. In parallel, Waddington has been writing and directing theatre plays. Patrick is his first feature film as a director.
Patrick's (20) life is a never-ending trip. He lives with his older friend Thomas (35) in a luxury apartment in Paris, flitting from one party to the next alone at night, doing coke, dropping pills, having sex with girls who are much too young and distributing child pornography. Patrick organizes an extravagant party at Thomas' apartment, which the police storm late in the evening. Patrick is arrested and the police find countless videos of child pornography on his laptop.
He denies all accusations. When the inspector, Bento Ribeiro (60), confronts him with a video in which he himself can be seen as an eight-year-old and then finally calls him by his real name - Mário - the truth comes out. Patrick/Mário was abducted in Portugal and brought to Brussels twelve years ago. He was released from captivity at the age of 18, but instead of returning to his family, he moved on to a new life in Paris.
Bento Ribeiro was an investigator on his case at the time and convinces Mário to return to his family in Portugal as a condition of reducing the charges against him. But returning home is anything but easy. His mother Laura (50) has assumed her son has been dead for 12 years. Now she is aware of the accusations against him and doesn’t know how to deal with someone like "him". Surrounded by his family, he still remains a stranger. Only with his 22-year-old cousin Marta, can he tentatively begin to build up a personal relationship.
When his Parisian friend Thomas suddenly appears in Portugal, his two personalities collide. Patrick from Paris on the one hand, with his life dominated by drugs and sex and Mário from rural Portugal on the other hand, amidst his broken family, a young man who is trying to find a connection.
Patrick/Mário's scars are too deep to just go on, so he takes a stolen car and drives to Brussels, to the man who once kidnapped him...
Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF)
Anna-Maria Otte (DEU)
Urte Fink (DEU)