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Film / Zus & Zo

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They're kind of evil, really

Zus & Zo is a 2001 film from The Netherlands directed by Paula van der Oest.

Sonja, Wanda, and Michelle are three grown sisters. Michelle works for charity, Wanda is an artist, and Sonya is a writer. Their family owns a large hotel on the beach in Portugal. Their relationship is somewhat uncomfortable and prone to sniping, and that's before a couple of big secrets are revealed—but there's a bigger immediate problem. Their only brother, Nino, is getting married. That's a surprise, because Nino is gay. It's also an unpleasant shock, because, by the terms of their father's will, if their brother gets married before his upcoming birthday, he inherits the hotel. And the birthday deadline is in two weeks.



  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man
    Wanda: He fucked me because you're so boring in bed.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Nino can't stand his sisters. Michelle is controlling and has alienated her husband with her single-minded devotion to her charitable work. Sonya and Hugo's marriage is unhappy. Worst of all, unmarried Wanda is having an affair with Hugo.
  • Cooking Show: Nino's ex-boyfriend Felix is the host of one.
  • Dance Party Ending: At Nino and Felix's wedding reception, with Felix singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" as the sisters sing backup.
  • Exact Words: Nino's brothers-in-law realize that the will just says Nino has to get married; it doesn't specify to a woman.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: "I'm going to open a bottle of port. I need it," says a despairing Sonya after the sisters realize they're going to lose the hotel.
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  • Law of Inverse Fertility: One drunken encounter between Nino and Bo, but oops, she forgot to take her pill.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Nino and Bo use these exact words to describe their situation, which will yield an estimated $1.9 million from the sale of the hotel.
  • Morning Sickness: How Bo's pregnancy is revealed, in time-honored rom com tradition.
  • Rule of Three: Naturally it has to be three sisters.
  • The Shrink: Wanda visits one, and seems miffed that the shrink isn't more condemning of her affair with her sister's husband.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "This is my opening, bitch!" says a pissed-off Wanda at said opening when Michelle starts jabbering about how they're going to have to go to Portugal with Bo.
  • Transgender: About halfway through the film Nino says "I don't like my body." Shortly thereafter he comes out as trans.
  • Untranslated Title: A Dutch expression meaning "this and that."
  • Wedding Deadline: Two weeks for Nino to get married and inherit sole ownership of the hotel.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Wanda is having an affair with Sonya's husband.
    • A sexually frustrated Michelle cheats on her husband in Portugal and regrets it instantly—literally instantly, weeping as the man is getting off.


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