Papi Chulo

Drama/Comedy | 14A | 98 min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Wed, Jun 5, 2019 4:00 PM
Uptown Theatre 1 Wed, Jun 5, 2019 7:00 PM
Uptown Theatre 1 Thu, Jun 6, 2019 4:00 PM
Uptown Theatre 1 Thu, Jun 6, 2019 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Screening
Rating:14A – mild language, non-sexual nudity, adult content
Production Country:Ireland
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:John Butler
Cast:Matt Bomer
Alejandro Patino
Produced By:Rebecca O'Flanagan
Robert Walpole
Screenwriter:John Butler
Music By:John McPhillips


"Apart from fantastic performances from its cast, especially Bomer and Patiño, Papi Chulo's biggest strength is the subtlety and grace with which it deals with the wide cross-section of issues it touches upon." – Bedatri D. Choudhury, Vague Visages

"It's the synergistic performances of Matt Bomer, playing raw and broken, and Alejandro Patino, conveying decency and nonjudgmental compassion behind his deadpan raised eyebrows, that makes the movie click." – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"Despite telling a story of heartbreak, there's never a doubt about the love Butler has for everyone and every place on screen and it can't help but be infectious, starting with the removal of a tree that allows for so much more to bloom in its place." - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

Following his acclaimed coming-of-age film Handsome Devil, Irish writer-director John Butler returns with this poignant and very timely story of two worlds colliding in the same great city — and the delightfully unlikely friendship that emerges.

Devastated with heartbreak, a Los Angeles TV weatherman, Sean (Matt Bomer), has an on-air meltdown in the midst of predicting a heat wave. The station insists he take a sabbatical and his friends urge him to find someone to talk to, but Sean opts to swap self-care for home improvement. From a huddle of men seeking day labour outside the hardware store, Sean hires Ernesto (a brilliantly deadpan Alejandro Patiño) to paint his deck.

Their initially straightforward business arrangement rapidly extends to strolling and boating excursions during which Sean tells Ernesto all about himself, despite the fact that the two don't share a common language. In fact, this affluent, white, gay celebrity and this working class, Mexican father of five don't appear to have much in common at all. Does Sean want a tradesman or a sounding board? And just how much immersion in Sean's emotional mire can Ernesto be expected to bear?

At once a heartwarming examination of empathy in action, a charming culture-clash comedy, and a sharp critique of xenophobic stereotypes, Papi Chulo reminds us of the importance of truly seeing others… even while tending to our own internal wounds.


Nominated, People’s Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival, 2018

This program is sponsored by Busch Systems, Netgain, The Peggy Hill Team - Re/Max Hallmark Peggy Hill Group Realty,, Restorations by Rodgers/Renovations by Rodgers, Stewart Esten LLP, Storage Mart, Venable Park Investment Council Inc., ZuZu Fashion Boutique