Director: Kevin Bacon
Screenwriters: Victoria Redel, Hannah Shakespeare

Institute History

  • 2005 Sundance Film Festival


What happens if a mother loves her child too much? This is the question that actor/director Kevin Bacon addresses with sensitivity, compassion, and insight as he returns to Sundance with his provocative and beautifully visualized second feature, Loverboy.

Emily (Kyra Sedgwick) is the daughter of parents who were so passionately in love that they had nothing else to bequeath her but indifference. As an adult, Emily never yearns for a house or a husband; what she really wants is a child. When artificial insemination fails, she embarks on a raunchy jaunt through a variety of potential fathers, ending up with nothing but memories and a miscarriage. But when a traveling businessman passes through her life one night, she conceives a boy. She names him Paul, but he will always be her little "loverboy." She creates a wonderful, magical world for herself and her son, filled with books, music, endless games, and bottomless devotion. But life outside eventually beckons to the boy when his first school year begins, and Emily finds herself at a crossroads as she struggles to keep their magical world intact.

Based on Victoria Redel's celebrated novel, Loverboy successfully embodies the delirium that results from confusing self-love with motherly love while it also speaks universally about the challenges of single parenthood.

— Shari Frilot

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