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The best movie trilogy to encapsulate epic struggles against evil impulses spanning generations isn't "Star Wars." Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, a divisive auteur on the world stage widely considered to produce sadomasochistic provocations, has delivered a grander three-part statement on the human condition. Seidl's "Paradise" trilogy, which kicked off last year with the Cannes-competing "Paradise: Love" followed by "Paradise: Faith" at Venice that fall, comes to a satisfying conclusion in the surprisingly warm-hearted "Paradise: Hope." Viewed individually, the movies deliver a series of divergent investigations into the nature of desire and its emotional ramifications, but when seen as a whole Seidl's work goes to even greater lengths to represent the spectrum of ways those issues manifest in the fabric of modern society. They're also handily organized by theme. In "Paradise: Love," the most »

- Eric Kohn

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