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Paradise: Love (Paradies: Liebe)

Paradise: Love (Paradies: Liebe)
  • 2012
  • Austria/Germany/France
  • 120 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ulrich Seidl
  • Cast: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux
  • Language: German/English/Swahili
  • UK release: 14 June 2013

Fiftysomething Austrian mother Teresa (Tiesel), feeling the need for love and affection, joins the white 'sugar mamas' on the beaches of Kenya, but discovers that even gentle charmer Munga (Kazungu) has a price in mind. Seidl's film is visually striking and underlines the oppressive nature of sex tourism, but doesn't really say anything new.

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Filmmaker Ulrich Seidl discusses his Paradise Trilogy

16 Jul 2013

'My films might be dark and they might seem negative, but what is important is change'

‘I’m interested in the loneliness of modern humanity, but my films are not nihilistic’, insists Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl, speaking from his production company office in Vienna. ‘They might be dark and they might seem negative, but what is important…

Paradise: Love

14 Jun 20133 stars

An unsettling romantic drama of moods and moments that doesn't quite gel into a compelling whole

The pursuit of happiness leads to inevitable disappointment in Paradise: Love, the first in a trilogy from Austrian director Ulrich Seidl that focuses on three women from the same family. In Love, plump, fifty-something mother Teresa (Margarete Tiesel…

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