Zus & zo (Hotel Paraiso)
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Dutch filmmaker Paula van der Oest spins this frothy comedy about the ends to which three sisters would go to keep possession of the family's summer home in Portugal. When their 32-year-old brother, Nino, announces his engagement with his younger girlfriend, Bo, his three siblings react not with congratulatory happiness but with shocked indignation instead. For one thing, Nino was gay for most of his teens and twenties; and another, if he gets married then he inherits the summer villa. The three sisters are united by two traits: they each have vivid interior fantasy worlds -- often… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A comedy in which lightweight attempts at relevance mostly fall flat."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"It's been a long time since a film made me want to change the ending."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Hay ante todo una notable frescura en la observación de sus personajes que seguramente proviene de la habilidad de su directora y guionista Paula van der Oest."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The movie seems intended to show that Holland is the most inanely liberal place on Earth."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Blithely diverting family comedy is only marred by a too-precious final denouement."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"While Zus & Zo strains for style points, it's just an off-the-shelf romantic comedy, and not a very good one."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Fortunately, the performers ... fully embrace the ludicrous aspects of their roles, with frequently hilarious results."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"It's all very Woody Allen, and more than a little silly."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"It's good-humored, nicely photographed and inoffensive and not too long."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"This winning comedy joyfully embraces every possible permutation of love; cupid, it turns out, is indeed blind, and doesn't care much about gender either."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The title translates, roughly, as 'This & That,' a confectionary shrug that pretty well sums up the blase inconsequentiality of it all."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The Dutch may have scooped us when it comes to embracing the various permutations of human sexuality, but Paula van der Oest's densely schematic romantic comedy crinkles enlightenment into an aluminum-foil ball of hooey."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Scattered among the annoying angst are a few brief moments of amusement..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A gentle exploration of mistakes, as four siblings discover themselves and each other."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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