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Paradise Grove (2003)

A dark and quirky comedy set in an eccentric Jewish old age home.


Charles Harris


Charles Harris
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Moody ... Izzie Goldberg
Rula Lenska ... Dee Perry
Lee Blakemore Lee Blakemore ... Kim Wright
Leyland O'Brien Leyland O'Brien ... Keith Perry
John Cunningham John Cunningham ... Dr Norman
Andy Lucas Andy Lucas ... Garrison Moss
Dorothea Alexander Dorothea Alexander ... Mrs Wallenstein
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ... Ella Bernstein
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Ralph Stein
Hana Maria Pravda ... Ruth Posnitch
Leelo Ross Leelo Ross ... Annie Libowitz
Toshie Ogura Toshie Ogura ... Yoshiko
Georgia Goodman ... Carolina
Anita Reynolds Anita Reynolds ... Rose
Tara Ellis Tara Ellis ... Mystelle


A dark and quirky comedy set in an eccentric North London Jewish old age home, Paradise Grove revolves around a dysfunctional family comprising 79-year-old Izzie Goldberg, determined to die with dignity, his daughter Dee Perry, a mixture of traditional Jewish mother and child of the Sixties, and her teenage son Keith, who's half-black and half-Jewish, and understandably undergoing an identity crisis. And then the teenage Kim arrives out of the blue looking for shelter and work - but what is she trying to hide? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Life, death and the bit in the middle See more »


Comedy | Drama



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12 June 2003 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Highgate, London, England, UK

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Was on the shelf for two years before UK cinema release. See more »


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It's a must-see!
20 November 2003 | by janice-28See all my reviews

This is an excellent film: 'Happiness' meets 'East is East'. The humour comes not from the fact that the setting is a jewish old folks home, because they are old people like old people anywhere, but from the fact that these particular characters talk about what they really think and feel in a wonderfully direct way.

Ron Moody is predictably moving as Izzie Goldberg, the grandfather who finds his memories of former glory-days unbearable now that he is incontinent and looking forward to a painful death. The minor comic characters are marvellous: especially the nurse who bizarrely deprives the old folks of their daily milk ration.

For me the best performance comes from the doctor, played by John Cunningham. His lines, some of the best in this superb script, are performed with cut-glass comic delivery. And that deadpan delivery is an absolute must for this genre. The story may be tragic but the delivery achieves the almost painful comic undertone that distinguishes dark arthouse comedy from mainstream. It's a must-see!

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