Zus & Zo (2001): Paula van der Oes’s Gay Feature, Netherlands Oscar Nominee (LGBTQ)

Paula van der Oes directed Zus & Zo, a gay-themed Dutsch film that was nominated for the 2001 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Zus & Zo
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The tale deals with three sisters, who are trying to stop their gay brother’s new bride inheriting the family hotel.

To that extent, they use various comedic methods to halt the wedding.

Gay Directors, Gay Films? By Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press, August 2015)

Mildly entertaining, the plot is too convoluted to be truly engaging, and some scenes come across as misogynistic (unintentionally).


Monic Hendrickx – Sonja
Anneke Blok – Wanda
Sylvia Poorta – Michelle
Jacob Derwig – Nino
Halina Reijn – Bo
Theu Boermans – Hugo