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The Lost Paradise (2020)

These archives are all what remains of a happy time when we could still take care of children. Since the Dutroux affair in Belgium, it is now impossible, and even forbidden… All my life, cats, dogs, came to me so that I take care of them and love them.... read more

Completed On: 06 Jan, 2020

Duration: 1 hr 36 min 0 sec

Genres: Docu-Feature, Documentary, Feature

Country: France

Director: Paul de Métairy

Submitted By: Paul de Métairy

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These archives are all what remains of a happy time when we could still take care of children.

Since the Dutroux affair in Belgium, it is now impossible, and even forbidden…

All my life, cats, dogs, came to me so that I take care of them and love them.

And also tens of children came naturally to me wherever I lived, in houses or boats.

I fortunately thought of photographing them or filming them, but not all of them, far from it.

The meetings lasted from one single day to sometimes more than 10 years!

These images of complicity with these endearing children would obviously be unthinkable today ... This magical era is definitely over ...

Fortunately, there remains us the cats ... until one day it would be forbidden to love them, too!

Moms cats bring me their babies ... and leave them!

But one day I will meet again the little Leon, Michel, Didier, Nadine, Alex, the dogs Mirabelle and Rocky, and all my adorable cats ... In a Next World, where they patiently are waiting for me, and where to love them will no longer be considered a crime against humanity ...

A rare documentary for all the nostalgic people of that time, and for those too young to have known it.
  • Directors
    Paul de Métairy
  • Producers
    Paul de Métairy
    Teenagers
  • Writers
    Paul de Métairy
    Teenagers
  • Film Type
    Docu-Feature, Documentary, Feature
  • Genres
    feature documentary
  • Runtime
    1 hours 36 minutes 0 seconds
  • Completion Date
    06 Jan, 2020
  • Production Budget
    USD
  • Country of Origin
    France
  • Country of Filming
    Belgium, France
  • Film Language
    French
  • Shooting Format
    super8, VHS, DV
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Black & White and Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

Minfield
United States
Albuquerque
Bronze award

Royal Wolf
United States
Los Angeles
Best Documentary

Vegas Cine Fest
United States
Las Vegas
official slection

NYC film awards
United States
New York
official selection

Lebanese Movie Awards
Beirut (Lebanon)
official selection

The Indie Fest
United States
La Jolla
official selection

Mont Blanc International Movie Fest
France
Paris
Outstanding Achievement Award for edition, Best Documentary, Best Family film

International Open Film Festival
Bangladesh
Dhaka
finalist

Indus Valley International Film Festival
India
Shimla
Best Documentary Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing & a Special Mention for the Concept

Twilight Tokyo Film Festival
Japan
Tokyo
official selection

Director's Biography

Film maker since 2002 - 50 awards film "Teenagers"

Director's Statement

These archives are all what remains of a happy time when we could still take care of children.

Since the Dutroux affair in Belgium, it is now impossible, and even forbidden…

All my life, cats, dogs, came to me so that I take care of them and love them.

And also tens of children came naturally to me wherever I lived, in houses or boats.

I fortunately thought of photographing them or filming them, but not all of them, far from it.

The meetings lasted from one single day to sometimes more than 10 years!

These images of complicity with these endearing children would obviously be unthinkable today ... This magical era is definitely over ...

Fortunately, there remains us the cats ... until one day it would be forbidden to love them, too!

Moms cats bring me their babies ... and leave them!

But one day I will meet again the little Leon, Michel, Didier, Nadine, Alex, the dogs Mirabelle and Rocky, and all my adorable cats ... In a Next World, where they patiently are waiting for me, and where to love them will no longer be considered a crime against humanity ...

A rare documentary for all the nostalgic people about that time, and for those too young to have known it.

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