Paternal Instinct

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Overview

One couple's unusual path to parenthood is recorded in this documentary. Erik and Mark are two gay men who've been living together as partners for a decade. Like many couples who are in a long-term committed relationship, Erik and Mark have decided they would like to have a child, but of course, for them this matter isn't as simple as it would be for a heterosexual couple. After a lengthy search, they meet Wen, a wife and mother who is sympathetic to their problem and is willing to act as a surrogate mother for a...
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Overview

One couple's unusual path to parenthood is recorded in this documentary. Erik and Mark are two gay men who've been living together as partners for a decade. Like many couples who are in a long-term committed relationship, Erik and Mark have decided they would like to have a child, but of course, for them this matter isn't as simple as it would be for a heterosexual couple. After a lengthy search, they meet Wen, a wife and mother who is sympathetic to their problem and is willing to act as a surrogate mother for a fee, with the support of her husband and son. The relationship between the two families becomes more than a matter of business as they all become participants in Wen's long and difficult but emotionally rewarding journey through childbearing. Paternal Instinct was produced for the Cinemax premium cable network as part of their Reel Life series.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Bonus scenes; Home movies; Interview with Harry Hay, pioneer of the gay rights movement; Preview of the director's new work Two Men Talking; Weblink for gay/lesbian parenting & adoption services and photo album
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • UPC: 712267250622
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Time: 1:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 99,515

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wen Interviewee
Technical Credits
Murray Nossel Director, Producer
Doug Block Co-producer
Craig Harwood Producer
Eddie Marritz Cinematographer, Co-producer
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
Susanne Rostock Editor
Hahn Rowe Score Composer
Tony Slocum Sound Editor
Brooke Wentz Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [5:50]
2. Male Thing [5:08]
3. Meeting the Mom [4:42]
4. Insemination [4:51]
5. Happy Day [7:02]
6. Miscarriage [7:55]
7. Gay Parade [8:00]
8. We are Pregnant [8:42]
9. Birthday Party [7:02]
10. Due Day [6:46]
11. Red Ribbon [4:26]
12. Credits [2:39]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Lexi
         Heartbeat
         Germs
         Bonding
         Play All
      Bonus Scenes
         Raw Footage From Liv's Birth
         Cecilia's Birthday: The Day After 9/11
         Play All
      Interview With Harry Hay, Pioneer of the Gay Rights Movement
         Does Everybody Have to Have a Baby?
         Family
         Gay Consciousness
         Gay Marriage and Kids
         "Golden Sissy Boy"
         Play All
      Mark and Erik's Home Movies
      Preview of Two Men Talking
      Photo Album Weblink
      Other Strand Titles
         The Cockettes
         Edge of Seventeen
         Late Bloomers
         Show Me Love
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A beautiful tale of a modern family

    Paternal Instinct is a heartfelt documentary about two gay men's attempt(s) to have a biological child with a surrogate mother. Wen, the surrogate they choose, is a practicing witch, married with a teenage son of her own. The movie follows the lives of these 3 people with seemingly unlimited access, which offers a fascinating glimpse into a situation this straight man could never imagine! But beyond the curiosity aspect, what stayed with me after seeing this film was its humanity and how three people embarked on a journey full of obstacles to create a new life. After everything they go through and all their efforts, it's impossible to think that their child will not grow up in a loving household. See this film, it will change your perspective on family!

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