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Beast Paradise

Le Paradis des bêtes
Director: Estelle Larrivaz

France, Drama, 2012, 103 min, french with english and lithuanian subtitles, T
Dominique (Stefano Cassetti) is a domineering and possessive father who runs a pet store with his sister: “Beast Paradise”. When his already abusive relationship with his wife Cathy (Géraldine Pailhas) spins out of control, he flees with their children Clarisse (Valentine Klingberg) and Ferdinand (Léon Brachet). Ensconced in a luxurious ski resort on the other side of the border, he creates a fantasy world to win back his kids, who nonetheless love him unconditionally. Directed by Estelle Larrivaz, “Beast Paradise” is a realistic tale, the story of a family adventure where love and forgiveness finally overcome suffering and violence. At the end of the day, there is the hope that those who have reached rock bottom can bounce back.
 
Awards:
 
2012 – Audience Award at the Premier Plans Film Festival (Angers, France).
 
About the director:
 
Estelle Larrivaz is a French actress, director and screenwriter. After studying law she went to the École du Louvre (Paris, France) where she trained for 3 years. She has also taken part in a number of acting courses at the Cours Florent Drama School (Paris, France). Acting in theatre, cinema and television took up her time for most of the past few years before moving into directing in 2001. Her debut short film “Our Father” (Notre Père, 2002) won awards in several European film festivals. “Beast Paradise” is her first feature.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Estelle Larrivaz, Guillaume Daporta

Dir. of Photography: Gordon Spooner

Music: Grégory Corsaro

Cast: Stefano Cassetti, Géraldine Pailhas, Muriel Robin, Valentine Klingberg, Léon Brachet, Joshua Groléas, Nancy Tate