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Paradise Grove (2003)

A dark and quirky comedy set in an eccentric Jewish old age home.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Moody ... Izzie Goldberg
Rula Lenska ... Dee Perry
Lee Blakemore Lee Blakemore ... Kim Wright
Leyland O'Brien Leyland O'Brien ... Keith Perry
John Cunningham John Cunningham ... Dr Norman
Andy Lucas Andy Lucas ... Garrison Moss
Dorothea Alexander Dorothea Alexander ... Mrs Wallenstein
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ... Ella Bernstein
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Ralph Stein
Hana Maria Pravda ... Ruth Posnitch
Leelo Ross Leelo Ross ... Annie Libowitz
Toshie Ogura Toshie Ogura ... Yoshiko
Georgia Goodman ... Carolina
Anita Reynolds Anita Reynolds ... Rose
Tara Ellis Tara Ellis ... Mystelle


A dark and quirky comedy set in an eccentric North London Jewish old age home, Paradise Grove revolves around a dysfunctional family comprising 79-year-old Izzie Goldberg, determined to die with dignity, his daughter Dee Perry, a mixture of traditional Jewish mother and child of the Sixties, and her teenage son Keith, who's half-black and half-Jewish, and understandably undergoing an identity crisis. And then the teenage Kim arrives out of the blue looking for shelter and work - but what is she trying to hide? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Life, death and the bit in the middle See more »


Comedy | Drama



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12 June 2003 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Highgate, London, England, UK

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Was on the shelf for two years before UK cinema release. See more »


Izzie Goldberg: A schwartzer who wants to be a Jew. Have you got problems!
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Please do NOT leave brain at door on entry
10 September 2003 | by davidshryaneSee all my reviews

This is a down-to-earth film. There are no lasers, no aliens, no explosions, no spectacular car chases or gunfights. In short it is not Hollywood. Sorry...that's the truth.

What it does have is a distinct lack of patronisation, cute kids, sensationalism and other such ingredients we are force-fed by today's film makers. The characters are real people in real life situations and that is rare in the cinema.

OK, so onto the film; I enjoyed the humour level (dark at times, but always with a grip on reality) and the characters were no different to people one might know. It is set in a Jewish retirement home in North London with the main character, Izzie Goldberg as an aging grandfather to a mixed-race Jewish grandson. Izzie is on his last legs while Keith Perry (the grandson) is waking up to life. The film mainly focuses on these two and their relationship with each other and their families and colleagues around them. The film is moving in a deep familial way, dealing with life and death and how it effects others.

I'm no film critic or writer so I will wrap up there before I get myself into trouble. I'll leave with one parting shot...look out for the Richard Gere in American Gigilo scene. I don't know if it was intentional, but it brought out my movie-buff smile!

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