Zus & Zo is the Netherlands film that was nominated for Best Foreign Picture in March, as it tells the story of three sisters who plot to stop their brother's wedding, as he is getting married to a woman yet they know he is gay; he is getting married for the sole reason of inheriting money. While the movie does touch on some semi-powerful homosexual themes, there is nothing overwhelmingly powerful (or funny) in the movie, especially nothing so much as to warrant an Oscar nomination.
With exception to the ending, Zus & Zo is essentially a comedy, but a relatively bland one. All of the sisters are more annoying than entertaining, and I did not feel as though I connected to any of them. I also did not connect with the brother or his fiancee, even though they are pretty much the victims. A movie that has no characters which I can relate to is not necessarily a movie I want to watch for an hour and a half.
The movie has English subtitles, but that hardly should be considered a factor. Any good foreign film engrosses me enough so that I completely forget I am reading the dialogue on the screen. Zus & Zo just isn't that funny.
There is no doubt that the reason why this movie was nominated for an Academy Award was because of the attempts it makes to showcase homosexual relationships in a normal and dramatic light. Zus & Zo does not fail on this theme, but just because it involves homosexual themes does not warrant deserving a nomination.
Zus & Zo has its moments, but for the most part was a disappointment.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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