The Paradise Suite is a story about six people finding each other and, sometimes with just one glance, influencing each other's lives irreversibly. For the beautiful young Bulgarian Jenya, her journey to Amsterdam turns out to be the opposite of what she hoped for. Her grueling captivity forces the angelic African, Yaya, to fight for her freedom - a dangerous fight in which he loses everything but his beloved faith. The Serbian war criminal Ivica, who has just become a father, is painfully confronted with the fact that crimes will never go unpunished. Bosnian Seka has nothing left to live for except her vengeance but as it turns out, it's that same vengeance that brings love back in her life. And when the Swedish piano-wonder boy, Lukas, runs away from his new temporary home, his father Stig finally realizes that their mutual passion for music damages their relationship.
It was selected as the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated. See more »
Rewarding in an unexpected way
As a Dutchman I was really stirred by this movie, made by a Dutch director Joost van Ginkel. It left me pretty speechless really. It is a very dramatic movie in a raw slow kind of way, but it felt very pure and true-to-nature all the way through, portraying the live of different people (great acting!).
However raw and realistic all individual stories are depicted in this movie, the director manages to blend in an otherworldly atmosphere by connecting all those stories in a strange but beautiful way, which makes this movie very rewarding to watch in my opinion. Thus I'd say it is strongly and smartly made and a great attempt on making a masterpiece.
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