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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
Jan loves Jasmin, but she has been promised to a Pakistani nephew who will shortly arrive in Norway in order to marry her. Under cover of writing a thesis on immigrant stores, Jan gets a ... See full summary »
Knut Erik Grorud,
Another bizarre entry from German director Ulrich Seidl, whose previous effort, Hundstage, made me question his sanity for producing it and, and mine for watching it. I gave him another shot with Import Export and I am still bewildered by Mr. Seidl.
Olga, a Ukranian nurse who lives with her mother and child, struggles with money and turns to internet pornography for extra cash. She poses nude for a camera and takes requests from men calling in and paying for a sexual performance.
She moves to Vienna to live and work for a wealthy family. She is fired for being suspected of theft and she then gets a job as a cleaner at a senior care hospital and falls for one of the patients, Erich, who promises to marry her, but dies
An Austrian man named Paul lives with his mother and stepfather and dog named Caesar, and practices martial arts. He works as a security guard, but gets fired after being handcuffed and stripped naked by a gang of Turks. His girlfriend leaves him and he travels with his stepfather, Michael, to the Ukraine to install video gambling machines. They stop in Slovakia and look for prostitutes in a Roma neighborhood. Again, Seidl ends the movie ambiguously. He is 0 for 2 in my opinion, and I will bypass any more of his work.
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