The Lost Paradise

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

This may have little of the fantastic frenzy that dominated Malpertuis or Daughters of Darkness, but it's just as peculiar. A Flemish village is threatened by a motorway, whose siting provokes full-scale battle between the nature- loving burgomaster, the boorish but aspiring seed merchant, two dummkopf surveyors, and a crowd of stammering, vacillating, bewildered villagers. Then in strides Willeke van Ammelrooy, stately lady with a past, red hair, red mac and red fingernails, who adds a dose of arty sex to the buffoonery and broad satire. If Kümel hadn't such a heavy hand with everything the mix might have been quite explosive. But it remains one for curio-hunters: there can't be that many ecological-political-sex-comedy-dramas around.

By: GB


Release details

94 mins

Cast and crew

Harry Kümel
Harry Kümel, Kees Sengers
Willeke van Ammelrooy
Hugo van den Berghe
Bert André
Gella Allaert
Stephen Windross
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