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Zus and Zo
Zus and Zo
Actors: Sylvia Poorta, Anneke Blok, Monic Hendrickx, Jacob Derwig, Halina Reijn
Director: Paula van der Oest
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
NR     2003     1hr 46min

Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Film, Zus & Zo follows three sisters as they attempt to sabotage their gay brother?s upcoming wedding so he does not inherit the treasured family resort. 16x9 letterbox 5.1 mix, tra...  more »


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Actors: Sylvia Poorta, Anneke Blok, Monic Hendrickx, Jacob Derwig, Halina Reijn
Director: Paula van der Oest
Creators: Bert Pot, Paula van der Oest, Sander Vos, Jacqueline de Goeij
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Gay & Lesbian, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/08/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Entertainingly Quiet
homeyjsimpson | Overland Park, KS USA | 08/11/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"While Zus & Zo is not a movie that will make you laugh out loud or cause a downfall of tears it is a mildly touching and quietly entertaining portrait of life. It is an interesting and at times smirk-inspiring film, but with an all-to-tight ending that leaves too many questions about the future. The acting is fine and the cinematography is unobtrusive, but the emotional connections are few and far between. Once you begin to identify with a character, they are ripped away from you by an evil act, or quick phrase that turns your stomach. A beautiful montage, a great song over the closing credits (Sarah Bettens' "Someone to Say Hi To") are not enough to lift this movie to the heights of top ten lists for the year. This Acadamy Award Nominee, deserves a look, but for most one will be enough. My advise: Rent before you Buy."
Not great by any stretch of the imagination
EriKa | Iceland | 03/12/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Back when I was considering a move to Holland or Belgium and was immersing myself in the Dutch language, I got my hands on this film, hoping for the best. Generally, I have enjoyed Dutch cinema, so this was actually quite disappointing. It is not that this was a terrible film; the story was actually fairly interesting. A group of busy, very different sisters conspire to sabotage their brother's upcoming nuptials in order to safeguard a family property (he will inherit it if he marries). Having believed for years that the property was safe (because the brother was widely perceived to be gay) the sisters are shocked and band together, despite their very obvious and frequent differences. Overall not a one of the characters here is very likeable, and though I applaud films that take a candid look at real people with real personalities (likeable or not), this one just rubbed me the wrong way. It's watchable but not great by any means."
Oscar nominated relationship drama...
Kim Anehall | Chicago, IL USA | 04/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Three sisters are in a predicament about their beloved gay brother, Nino, who has decided to marry a woman. Nino has also decided to sell the family hotel Paraiso which is located in Portugal, and this upsets the sisters as it is a haven of family memories. The marriage is planned to take place within three weeks at the family hotel, which gives the sisters a very limited time to find a way to sabotage the wedding as they want to keep the hotel in family. In the quest for sabotaging the marriage the sister's own relationships undergo revelations. Zus & Zo is a fun drama that offers both entertainment and thought, which in the end provides a good cinematic experience."
Amazingly Funny
Alejandro Vera | Santiago, Chile | 10/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Three witch-like sisters, One annoyed little-gay-brother fighting for independence, a beautiful bride and two very special husbands (the witches's), all wrapped up with the best showcase of dutch culture and way of life. Two best things: The simplicity of the script, always going straightforward to the bottom of the topic: a simple story on a complex society; and a beautiful portrait of everyday's life. If you've been around these wonderful nation, you'll love this movie, otherwise, keep always in mind that dutches live some years ahead of the rest of the world. I loved Sarah Bettens on the closing credits."