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Het schnitzelparadijs (2005)

A romantic comedy about the adventures of Nordip Doenia, a young Moroccan criminal in The Netherlands. His parents destine him for great things, but Nordip clearly has different ideas


Martin Koolhoven


Khalid Boudou (novel), Mimoun Oaïssa (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Noah Valentyn Noah Valentyn ... Nordip Doenia (as Mounir Valentyn)
Bracha van Doesburgh ... Agnes Meerman
Mimoun Oaïssa Mimoun Oaïssa ... Amimoen
Yahya Gaier Yahya Gaier ... Mo
Tygo Gernandt ... Goran
Mohammed Chaara Mohammed Chaara ... Nadir Doenia
Micha Hulshof Micha Hulshof ... Sander
Gürkan Küçüksentürk Gürkan Küçüksentürk ... Ali
Sabri Saad El-Hamus Sabri Saad El-Hamus ... Mr. Doenia
Frank Lammers ... Willem
Linda van Dyck Linda van Dyck ... Nina Meerman
Porgy Franssen Porgy Franssen ... Mr. Meerman
Sanne Vogel Sanne Vogel ... Claudia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Drijver ... Girl in disco
Nezha Karim Nezha Karim ... Mrs. Doenia


A romantic comedy about the adventures of Nordip Doenia, a young Moroccan criminal in The Netherlands. His parents destine him for great things, but Nordip clearly has different ideas. He takes up a simple job far below his level as a dishwasher in a big motel. There, he falls in love with Agnes, the niece of the motel owner. But Agnes faces the same parental pressure as Nordip: she is destined to take over the motel in the future, but she doesn't have ambitions for this. The love relationship between Nordip and Agnes is doomed to failure, unless Nordip can convince Agnes in going her own way, against her parent's wishes. Written by Rene Guillot

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Comedy | Romance


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Koolhoven has said in several interviews that the title sequence is sort an updated version of (and homage to) the title sequences in spaghetti westerns. See more »

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The actors introduce themselves and some cut scenes with goofs are shown. See more »


References Turkish Delight (1973) See more »

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lack of words
10 March 2008 | by hansbearnlSee all my reviews

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Yes, I am Dutch, and Yes I am ashamed of an awful piece like this. You hear the word "fk" almost every 10 seconds, even though it is spelled/pronounced with an o this movie should never have been made, and dumped in the trashcan from the beginning. The fact that this is the 'second generation' of Maroccons living here involved in making this movie doesn't have to do anything with the quality. It could have been OK if they would have use some normal language. Some people call it funny, and at some moments this movie is, well, for those who don't know how to laugh about normal humor that is. Really, I can't find anything in this movie to recommend it to watch it, even on a boring rainy day, or a day the snow is piled up in front of your house for more than 2 meters.

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Release Date:

8 September 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Kitchen Paradise See more »


Box Office


EUR850,000 (estimated)

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Production Co:

Lemming Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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