Zus & zo (Hotel Paraiso) (2003)
Dutch filmmaker Paula van der Oest spins this frothy comedy about the ends to which three sisters would go to keep possession of the family's summer home in Portugal. When their 32-year-old brother, Nino, announces his engagement with his younger girlfriend, Bo, his three siblings react not with congratulatory happiness but with shocked indignation instead. For one thing, Nino was gay for most of his teens and twenties; and another, if he gets married then he inherits the summer villa. The three sisters are united by two traits: they each have vivid interior fantasy worlds -- often involving having sex with the other's husbands -- and they each dream of retiring to Portugal. Starving artist Wanda wants to open a gallery there, while writer Sonja dreams of living there with her husband. Michelle, the eldest, wants to flee her hectic domestic life as a housewife and mother to open a home for war orphans. Together, they cheerfully connive to undermine the engagement, as Bo invites them to Portugal to help plan the wedding. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Zus & zo (Hotel Paraiso)
Hay ante todo una notable frescura en la observación de sus personajes que seguramente proviene de la habilidad de su directora y guionista Paula van der Oest.
It's all very Woody Allen, and more than a little silly.
A comedy in which lightweight attempts at relevance mostly fall flat.
Scattered among the annoying angst are a few brief moments of amusement...
The movie seems intended to show that Holland is the most inanely liberal place on Earth.
It's good-humored, nicely photographed and inoffensive and not too long.
While Zus & Zo strains for style points, it's just an off-the-shelf romantic comedy, and not a very good one.
The title translates, roughly, as 'This & That,' a confectionary shrug that pretty well sums up the blase inconsequentiality of it all.
It's been a long time since a film made me want to change the ending.
Fortunately, the performers ... fully embrace the ludicrous aspects of their roles, with frequently hilarious results.
The Dutch may have scooped us when it comes to embracing the various permutations of human sexuality, but Paula van der Oest's densely schematic romantic comedy crinkles enlightenment into an aluminum-foil ball of hooey.
A gentle exploration of mistakes, as four siblings discover themselves and each other.
Blithely diverting family comedy is only marred by a too-precious final denouement.
It might have a chance as a TV sitcom, but discerning moviegoers will be bored out of their minds.
This winning comedy joyfully embraces every possible permutation of love; cupid, it turns out, is indeed blind, and doesn't care much about gender either.
To attempt a culinary metaphor, Ms. van der Oest manages a yolky, runny sitcom omelet rather than the airy soufflé of farce.
Dutch writer-director van der Oest evidently regards herself as a purveyor of modern family values, but she is cinematically maladroit.
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