In the impoverished southern Dutch province of Limburg, the bond between a former mine worker and his only son is put to the test as the latter takes it upon himself to pay his father's debts to a local gangster.
Remy van Heugten
Ali Ben Horsting,
Vincent van der Valk
Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her ... See full summary »
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.
A movie with parallel stories that meet each other in ingenious ways. An intense movie with very explicit scenes. A production with Swedish, Dutch, Swedish, Bulgarian and Yugoslavian actors. Shows many spots of the city of Amsterdam. The movie puts the spotlight on the dark side of Amsterdam's red light district and on problems related to immigration in Europe. Very natural acting performances. For me personally, this is one of the best movie I've seen in years and I'd say that with this masterpiece, Joost van Ginkel enters the circle of leading European directors like Vinterberg, etc. I would highly recommend this movie, especially to people from overseas and, in particular, the USA: widen your scope beyond Hollywood productions!
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