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  • Actors: Stéphane Rideau, Dimitri Durdaine, Béatrice Dalle
  • Directors: Gaël Morel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007XV2JL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,701 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dark, dangerous and supremely sexy, Our Paradise casts a thrilling glance at the lives of two rentboys in the heart of Paris. Aging prostitute Vassili stumbles upon an unconscious young trick in a notorious Parisian cruising ground and takes him home to nurse his wounds. It's not long before the two men discover a burning connection and become lovers and accomplices, fleecing clients one-by-one. However, when Vassilli s violent past comes back to haunt him the couple decide to flee the city in hope of finding a place they can be happy and content forever. But can they truly escape their inner demons? Slick, steamy and endlessly captivating, Our Paradise is a thrilling affair not to be missed.

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I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I expected to based on reviews on other sites. There is a good bit of nudity, but not a lot more of Dimitri Durdaine than anybody else, and (in contrast to at least two others, including Stéphane Rideau) none of him that would qualify as "full frontal" - "full side" is more like it, and even those rarely show much except skin. Some other reviews give the impression that he almost never wears clothes and that the camera examines every square inch of his body, neither of which is true at all.

What there IS more of in this movie than most is naked middle-aged and older men, which may bother some people but delights me. Except for Durdaine, all of the naked men in this movie have pot bellies, including Rideau (who's getting comfortably close to middle age himself), which is wonderfully refreshing in an age when only bronzed and hairless gym bodies under 30 ever appear in American gay movies (Can we say BOR-ing?).

Now that nudity's out of the way... There's something I like a lot about Gaël Morel's movies, but I'm not sure what it is. There's something very natural or unpretentious about them, something familiar and almost comforting, regardless of the subject matter. I feel like I'm among friends when I watch his movies. They FEEL good in some mysterious way comparable movies by other directors don't. He has an eye and a style and a language that are quite distinctive but not easy to define; whatever it is, I like it.

Don't let the crime element fool you: Our Paradise is above all else a love story.
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Very sexy and sleazy and a great story , think it is more than just a gay film , but explores the problems of rent boys and the disgust they can feel for their clients . Its all very very french , very existentialist and odd and rather like those great french films of 1970s. I loved every minute of it .
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This film glamorises totally immoral behaviour and is pretty objectionable for this reason. The victims of the aging rent-boy, Vassili have done nothing more than make a remark that may pique his vanity, at most, and in two cases, not even that - and the man who gives him a luxury flat for free is also bumped off for asking the two men not to outstay their welcome when they visit him uninvited ... To find this 'beautiful' really flies in the face of all sense and humanity - he and his equally self-centred young lover are repugnant characters and the film does not have a proper moral compass at all. At best the film shows us that we should not trust people we find attractive one bit unless there is some evidence they are decent human beings - anyone who gets caught up with the likes of Vassili is likely to come a cropper ... the fact that he is 'nice' to selected individuals just makes the whole thing more horrible by adding a layer of sentimentality. On a French chat show Morel and Rideau both seemed to struggle to justify the film to less than enthusiastic interviewers - Rideau even said he went with the project with an open mind but did not know whether it was good or not ... then adding that it probably was ... but he was trying to promote the film! Stephane Rideau looks great in his underwear in a bigger-than-you-thought-possible kind of way, and the other boy is very good-looking, but this whole film seems misconceived. If only the filmmaker had stuck with showing nicer characters and had Rideau frolicking in his big but skimpy underwear in a playful way rather than all this abhorrent killing - a total waste!
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By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2012
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Our Paradise (Notre Paradis) is the latest film from Gael Morel of `Le Clan' fame. It stars Stephane Rideau (`Presque Rien') as Vassili, an ageing rent guy who cruises the streets of Paris looking for tricks. He is also a dab hand at `finishing his clients off' and I do not mean in a `professional' way - yes he's a murderer. Then one wet, Parisian night he stumbles across a young man who has been attacked and robbed. He decides to help him and ends up taking him home. The boy has no name and says no memory of before he met Vassili.

So they decide to give him a name and hit upon Angelo (Dimitri Durdaine in his big screen debut). They then start a passionate relationship that does not exclude paying clients. Then they start to work as a team, but Angelo is attracting most of the attention and Vassili can't let his own proclivities stay dormant for too long. They end up seeking their paradise which will involve others, with unexpected consequences.

This is a really original piece of cinema, it is acted superbly the shots are framed with the eye of an artist and it is still tasteful, despite some of the less wholesome scenes. We have a plethora of scenarios especially with Vassili's clients and the stories of a number of the characters all told along the way. This is one of those films that you don't even think about looking at the clock, it is paced so perfectly and flows so well; there is some nudity as you would probably expect, but I did not feel any of it is gratuitous. For gay cinema fans or even fans of gay cinema this is an absolute must.
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