Zus & zo (2001)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  8 May 2002 (Netherlands)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 1,446 users   Metascore: 50/100
Reviews: 20 user | 17 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

Zus & Zo shows what three sisters are willing to do to stop their would-be sister-in-law from coming into possession of Paraíso, their beloved family summer home on the Portuguese coast.


0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jeffrey (1995)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York, decides that sex is too much and decided to become celibate. He immediately meets the man of his dreams and must decide whether or not love is worth ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Ashley
Stars: Steven Weber, Michael T. Weiss, Peter Jacobson
East Side Story I (2006)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The arrival of Anglo newcomers to an East L.A. Latino neighborhood rocks the quiet world of a handsome young local who is torn between the family restaurant and life as a big city chef.

Director: Carlos Portugal
Stars: René Alvarado, David Berón, Gladise Jiminez
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.

Director: Roeland Kerbosch
Stars: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbé
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An intimate and dreamlike portrait of icon James Dean on the cusp of achieving fame.

Director: Matthew Mishory
Stars: James Preston, Dan Glenn, Clare Grant
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

As Noah and Wade prepare to marry in Martha's Vineyard, the personal problems of their friends - and the unexpected arrival of rapper Baby Gat - threatens to permanently end their relationship.

Director: Patrik-Ian Polk
Stars: Darryl Stephens, Rodney Chester, Gary LeRoi Gray
Bent (1997)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays). ... See full summary »

Director: Sean Mathias
Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Deruddere
Stars: Josse De Pauw, Eva van der Gucht, Werner De Smedt
Taxi zum Klo (1980)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films. He keeps his personal life and ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ripploh
Stars: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup, Orpha Termin
Quinceañera (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Stars: Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia, Chalo González
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours" comes a story that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in... See full summary »

Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright
The Wise Kids (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Cone
Stars: Molly Kunz, Eric Hulsebos, Tyler Ross
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Along a young man's search for independence and sexual discovery are deceit, loneliness and perhaps a chance to love.

Director: Dustin Lance Black
Stars: Corey Spears, Steve Tyler, Josh Jacobson


Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Poorta ...
Anneke Blok ...
Bo Mendes
Jaap Spijkers ...
Theu Boermans ...
Antje Boermans ...
Pieter Embrechts ...
Annet Nieuwenhuyzen ...
Moeder (as Annet Nieuwenhuijzen)
Jorge Do Collo ...
Mike Reus ...
Marisa Van Eyle ...
Dorien (as Marisa van Eyle)
Tijn Docter ...
Harpert Michielsen ...


A fun story about a family of 3 sisters whose gay brother, Nino, has decided to marry a woman in order to inherit their childhood summer retreat (Hotel Paraiso) on the coast of Portugal. The sisters plot to sabotage the engagement so as to save the hotel for themselves. Written by TheRaveness

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hotel | portugal | gay | gay brother | bed | See All (128) »


Your life, only funnier See more »


Unrated | See all certifications »




| | |

Release Date:

8 May 2002 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel Paraiso  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

During the credits the three sisters are seen to go to the hospital. It turns out to be that Nino had a sex change operation and Bo has delivered the baby. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Perhaps not the best example of Dutch cinema, but still a very good movie
20 September 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Before watching this movie I didn't know anything about it except for the fact that it was Dutch. Even though their film industry isn't the biggest of all time, I've already seen several good Dutch productions and I know that the standard level of quality is often very high. That's also the reason why I try to watch as many of them as I can. However, when I saw on this website that this movie had actually been nominated for an Oscar, I must admit that I was very surprised. Not because I didn't like it or because it wasn't any good. No, I was surprised because over here no-one has ever payed any attention to it.

"Zus & zo" tells the story of three completely different sisters who don't always get along that well, but who now have to fight for a common goal, called Hotel Paraiso, a hotel on the coast of Portugal that will be theirs unless their brother gets married before a certain age. Normally that shouldn't have been difficult, because the man is gay, but now that he has announced his marriage with a woman, they will have to try to prevent it. To stop their would-be sister-in-law, they are willing to go very far, because nothing or no-one should come between them and their inheritance...

Like so often with Dutch movies, I can't say that I had heard of any of the actors before, except for Halina Reijn. But just like in those other movies, this time too I really liked the performances by all of them. Even though this is a comedy, they never went too far in their performances, but instead made all the characters look very human, with all their little problems, flaws and weird specialties. That's of course not only thanks to the actors, the writer of the script has a lot to do with that too, but still, they did a fine job.

I don't know if Paula van der Oest, the woman who directed and wrote this movie, has ever been in a similar situation, but she sure knows perfectly how to describe the greediness and the double-faced way of acting from people that are about to inherit a lot of money or an important piece of property. She really did a very nice job with it and was able to add some very fine humor to it all. The entire idea behind it makes it all very suitable for a comedy of course, but that doesn't mean that it is automatically good of course. There are many things that could have gone wrong, but Paula van der Oest avoided the traps and made a very good movie out of it.

In the end this may not be the best Dutch movie that I've ever seen, but the humor and the overall quality are very good. I really had a good time with this movie and that's why I give it a 7.5/10.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Meaning of the title ONIE88
Discuss Zus & zo (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: