Hotel Paradijs

2007 | Bisexual / Body Image / Coming Out / Relationships / Sexuality / Spirituality | 31m | Germany | Netherlands
Directors: Jan Kruger

Each day, Paul crosses the canal that separates the Amsterdam city center from the industrial area on the north side, where his lover Christiaan lives and waits for him impatiently. It’s a dear routine for both—until one day Paul meets Claire, who begins to seduce him into her very own universe, the Hotel Paradijs . Claire makes Paul the audience of her own play; a play where the roles are reversed and into which Paul is undeniably drawn. This 2007 mid-length narrative film is a rare film that fully embraces bisexuality, as Paul struggles with his love and passion across two very different partners.

Reviews and Awards

“… Jan Kruger is one of the most interesting directors of German Cinema … His stories go about seduction, temptation, and rejection; about life on the edge, drifting and dreaming, all of which ends in more or less rugged landings. Kruger is darkly romantic in his topics, yet a highly disciplined filmmaker … Moviemaking as an acting-out of passions, as the conquest of unknown terrain which one visits with delight, all the more in a movie theatre.” —Rudiger Suchsland, artechock.de