In conurbations where hundreds of thousands live alongside one another, in the era of a highly technological society, in which communication has never played such a significant role, man ... See full summary »
In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple... See full summary »
Anna Maria, a single woman in her 50s, devotes her summer vacation to doing missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue. On her daily pilgrimage through ... See full summary »
The final installment in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy, 'Paradise: Hope' tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya ('... See full summary »
On the beaches of Kenya they're known as "Sugar Mamas" -- European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter ... See full summary »
This is a film about the 'students ball' in Horn, the little Austrian town Seidl grew up. The movie portraits the young débutantes as well as the local notables, all of them eagerly involved in maintaining the stiff and stifling ritual.
Another good documentary from Ulrich Seidl, but i didn't like it as much as his others. Definitely there were some great moments, but ultimately i don't think the concept could quite sustain itself properly. The idea of a film in which Christian fanatics say their prayers out loud in front of a camera is interesting, but really doesn't work that well cinematically. It just visually isn't interesting or engaging at all. It's pretty tedious, actually, even though the things they say are sometimes (more often than not, actually) interesting or entertaining, in that distinctively funny-and-sad way that Seidl has perfected in his other films. For what it is though, he pulled it off as well as possible, wisely keeping it pretty short.
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