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Zus & zo (2001)

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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Poorta Sylvia Poorta ... Michelle
Anneke Blok Anneke Blok ... Wanda
Monic Hendrickx ... Sonja
Jacob Derwig ... Nino
Halina Reijn ... Bo Mendes
Jaap Spijkers Jaap Spijkers ... Jan
Theu Boermans Theu Boermans ... Hugo
Antje Boermans Antje Boermans ... Lizzy
Pieter Embrechts ... Felix
Annet Nieuwenhuyzen Annet Nieuwenhuyzen ... Moeder (as Annet Nieuwenhuijzen)
Jorge Do Collo Jorge Do Collo ... Mauricio
Mike Reus Mike Reus ... Bredi
Marisa Van Eyle Marisa Van Eyle ... Dorien (as Marisa van Eyle)
Tijn Docter Tijn Docter ... Peer
Harpert Michielsen Harpert Michielsen ... Mos


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

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Dutch | English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

8 May 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Paraiso See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,700, 9 February 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,397, 23 February 2003
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Production Co:

Filmprodukties de Luwte See more »
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Enjoy the funny and moving portrait of a slightly derailed family
24 May 2002 | by alexvanderlindeSee all my reviews

Even in The Netherlands, Dutch movies hardly ever get the attention and number of viewers as movies from the United States. I don't know what the box office results for 'Zus & zo' finally will be. But it is very likely that the American remake (RCV bought the rights) of this movie will be more successful than the Dutch original.

This is unjust. 'Zus & zo' is a romantic comedy, with a soap like story-line, and is very funny, yet moving - and thus nothing like a soap at all. The timing of the actors - very important for a comedy - is good, as most actors know each other from the same theater company. Every character - both male and female - gets it's share of scepsis by sharp observation of their manners, yet the director managed to prevent over-the-top acting.

'Zus & zo' provides a real life mirror for everyone. Choose your own character to take 'example' from: one of the three jealous sisters in their thirties, not satisfied with their lives, but also not able to change it. Or one of the husbands, one addicted to women, or the other being a doormat suffering under his wife's hospitality for just about every one who needs help. Or the timid gay brother, marrying a woman (!) to inherit his parents summer residence in Portugal. Or the optimist (opportunist?) bride-to-be Bo, much more self-confident than the three sisters and apparently without a weak point.

Or just enjoy this tragi-comic portrait of a slightly derailed family.

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