When Vassilli, a Parisian rent boy, finds his customers are starting to think he is too old at 30, he starts developing a murderous compulsion for revenge. In the midst of such brutality he also befriends a younger rent boy who he discovers badly beaten up at an outdoor cruising park. Love blossoms with Angel but the killing doesn’t stop; this dramatic tale of sex, violence and love isn’t for the faint of heart. An urgent need to leave Paris offers Vassili the chance to catch up with a former close friend and her son in Lyon. His intention is to take Angel to the luxurious mountain home of a once faithful customer, the ‘paradise’ of the title, but can he resist the downward spiral? Gaël Morel, first seen as an actor in André Téchiné’s Wild Reeds, is a director of note whose films include Three Dancing Slaves and Après lui. –BFI
Gaël Morel (born September 25, 1972) is a French film director, screenwriter and actor. Morel was born in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, France, a small town of 30,000 inhabitants outside Lyon. He also grew up in the nearby little village of Lacenas in the Villefranche district.
At the age of 15, Morel left home to go to pursue film studies in Lyon, afterwards moving to Paris. There he met with the acclaimed French director André Téchiné who cast him in the lead role of François in the multi César-winning 1994 film Les Roseaux sauvages (Wild Reeds) which brought him to wider fame, earning much critical praise for his performance, and a 1995 César nomination for Most Promising Young Actor.
While his Wild Reeds co-stars Élodie Bouchez and Stéphane Rideau have both gone on to successful acting careers (he has often cast them in his own films), Morel has chosen to pursue a career behind the camera, as filmmaking has always been his passion. —Wikipedia