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Le paradis des bêtes (2012)

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A teenage girl rediscovers the feeling of love towards her father when he is in the midst of an existential crisis.


Estelle Larrivaz



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefano Cassetti ... Dominique Lenikart
Géraldine Pailhas ... Cathy Lenikart
Muriel Robin ... Stéphane Durand
Valentine Klingberg Valentine Klingberg ... Clarisse Lenikart
Léon Brachet Léon Brachet ... Ferdinand Lenikart
Joshua Groléas Joshua Groléas ... Arthur Durand
Norbert Ferrer Norbert Ferrer ... Didier Gorin
Nancy Tate ... Lorraine Sun
Fred Epaud ... Renaud Girerd (as Frédéric Epaud)
Bernard Nissile Bernard Nissile ... Policier suisse
Vinciane Millereau Vinciane Millereau ... Cliente chiot
Claire Dumas ... Alice Renaud
Jérôme Kurtis-Sitruk Jérôme Kurtis-Sitruk ... Mathieu Rif (as Jérôme Sitruk)
Jasmine Taibbe Jasmine Taibbe ... Sandrine Leguérinel (as Yasmine Taibbe)
Stephanie Izard ... Nadine Vincent
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Dominique, an impressive and possessive father, runs with his sister a large animal store: "Le Paradis des bêtes". Violent, when he has passed a point of no return in his relationship with his wife, Cathy, he fled with their children Clarisse and Ferdinand. Refugee with them on the other side of the border, in a large hotel in a posh winter sports resort, he tries to build a world of illusion, in order to win back his daughter and his son - who yet love him unconditionally.

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Pastime paradise
22 August 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Le Paradis Des Bêtes " is a pet shop which Dominique runs with his sister Stephane .

Dominique is an immature man whose marriage to Cathy is on the rocks :violent rows become soon unbearable for the wife.

After leaving a beaten Cathy on the road,he takes his children to Switzerland in a posh ski resort ,where he tries to create a new paradise :they have their photograph taken with a giant "rabbit",they play Monopoly .Dominique is often pretending it's a big game (the chase ,with the police hot on their heels) or that in the street enemies are imaginary people (such as Cruella).But his sister ,an embittered spinster who has probably always dominated him,wants them back to reality :her cruelty knows no bounds then as she mistreats her niece,becoming the witch ,or Cruella ,in the fairy tale .The part of the mother is a little underwritten,but the director is more interested in the love/hate Relationship between the dad and the kids.

All in all,the whole "adventure" was perhaps only a ride on a merry-go -round (the last scene being symbolic,which echoes to the very first scene) , and when the ride is over ,you just have to let it go.

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Release Date:

14 March 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Paradies der Tiere See more »


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EUR1,600,000 (estimated)
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