Paternal Instinct (2004)





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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.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Cinemax Reel Life


Critic Reviews for Paternal Instinct

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Murray Nossel's warm and fuzzy documentary is a portrait of two gay men and a female surrogate who join forces to create new life.

Full Review… | June 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

You can't help but root for them in their quest, which gives a whole new meaning to the term 'family values.'

June 9, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

It's difficult not to be won over by Instinct's humanity.

June 7, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

Nossel's documentary, produced by Cinemax for its Reel Life series, has touching and instructive moments.

Full Review… | June 9, 2005
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for Paternal Instinct

Interesting documentary. Honestly I expected more drama but I'm glad it didnt come. Saw WAY too much of the surrogate but in the end, I enjoyed the journet Mark and Eric take to be parents.


Interesting documentary.. I'm not sure I would have made the same choices they did.. but.. I'm glad it all went well... even with the problems..

Anne Still
Anne Still

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