Engaging film about two boys in detention who thought their lives were stagnant, but find that love and passion also offer a form of freedom.
Seventeen-year-old Joe is about to be released from a detention centre for minors. When the judge approves his release, he will be able to live independently, something he fervently desires. But his imminent freedom is complicated by the arrival of a new prisoner, William, with whom Joe becomes close.
Le paradis is Zeno Graton’s feature debut, which subtly depicts the limitations of imprisonment: the youngsters yearn not only for freedom of movement, but also for expressive and creative freedom.
Le paradis is different from the prison films you know. The film shows not the hell of prison, but the beauty of intimacy and art.
Belgian director Zeno Graton turns his feature debut, despite its grim setting, into a downright romantic film. This is often refreshing.Het Parool