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Our Paradise (2011)

Notre paradis (original title)
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Vassili is an aged prostitute with killer instincts. He finds an unconscious young man in the Forest of Boulogne and takes him home. Now lovers and accomplices, the two men become a couple ... See full summary »

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Gaël Morel

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Gaël Morel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stéphane Rideau Stéphane Rideau ... Vassili
Dimitri Durdaine Dimitri Durdaine ... Angelo
Béatrice Dalle ... Anna
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Victor
Raymonde Bronstein Raymonde Bronstein ... La mère d'Anna
Malik Issolah Malik Issolah ... Kamel
Mathis Morisset Mathis Morisset ... Le petit Vassili
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Le premier client
Ludovic Berthillot Ludovic Berthillot ... L'homme Gerland
Jean-Marc Léon Jean-Marc Léon ... Prostitué lampadaire
Jacques Grant Jacques Grant ... Client récalcitrant
Djamel Mehnane Djamel Mehnane ... Vendeur vêtements 1
Jeremy Nebor Jeremy Nebor ... Vendeur vêtements 2
Roland Copé Roland Copé ... Docteur
Rabah Zahi Rabah Zahi ... Saïd
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Storyline

Vassili is an aged prostitute with killer instincts. He finds an unconscious young man in the Forest of Boulogne and takes him home. Now lovers and accomplices, the two men become a couple in prostitution and steal from their clients. And yet, menaces of retaliation leave the couple with no choice but to escape from Paris. The runaway begins... Written by Websurfer

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 September 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

O Nosso Paraíso See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,206
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Should have been better
5 April 2015 | by ekebySee all my reviews

I had high hopes for this movie, especially when, surprisingly, early in the film we see Stéphane Rideau as a somewhat slovenly, out-of-shape hustler. His benign and enigmatic smile is perfect for this role.

This is more complicated than a love story, and much more complicated, emotionally and psychologically, than a mere thriller. It's an ambitious story that doesn't quite make the grade. It's impossible to go much further without spoilers, and I do believe this is a movie that doesn't deserve spoilers. Other reviewers' citations about who is nude when and where and how and which sex acts are performed aren't fair either. This movie is better than that, or at least it aspires to be.

The photography and editing is clinical and detached and very much at odds with a sentimental and somewhat hokey soundtrack. The music used in one violent scene was so overly-melodramatic I found myself wondering if it was a reference to some old movie. It might have been, but I really think it was just bad stock music, and it seemed like a misstep for such an accomplished director.

There are other missteps as well, but the movie is eminently watchable, especially for gay men. It is not Gael Morel's best work by far, but if you like this and haven't seen his other movies, you will want to.


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