An estranged father and son are forced to interact at a Burning Man-like counterculture festival in music-video director Raf Reyntjens' astute feature debut, "Paradise Trips." Initially hobbled from full engagement by two leading characters who are all too convincingly unpleasant to be around, the pic earns their (and the viewers') rapprochement by burying its fundamental generation-gapped, dysfunctional-family formulaics in low-key observation --plus a welcome late dose of druggy absurdism. Already released in home territories, it could pick up modest offshore sales in various formats while marking Reyntjens as a talent to watch.
DIRECTOR: Raf Reyntjens
CAST: Gene Bervoets, Jeroen Perceval, Noortje Herlaar, Cedric Van Den Abbeele, Tania Van der Sanden, Line Pillet, Marie Louise Steihns, Pieter Verelst