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 50-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter ... See full summary »
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
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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 50-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter entering puberty, travels to this vacation paradise. She goes from one Beach Boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next and finally she must recognize: On the beaches of Kenya love is a business. Written by
Unfortunately, Paradies: Liebe doesn't really meet my criteria for a thought-provoking cinematic masterpiece and I have to say there is usually much better stuff in Cannes to watch than this. Then again, the subject may be interesting for age groups of 40+ where aging, feeling of belonging, dream of true everlasting love etc is definitely much more relevant. For me, the movie felt empty and a bit too slow. There were some interesting clues left to point finger on how the Western world is dealing with the 3rd world problem or how shallow most people are in foreign cultures but other than that, it was a rather painful trip through a world of grotesque reality.
To sum up: go and see if you're a huge fan of social criticism or Ulrich Seidl, otherwise don't waste your time please. Although I have to admit, the movie did create some interest towards Seidl's other works, as the underlying idea was good, just the execution lacked and I hope the other works in the series work out better. Overall 5/10 from a demanding movie-goer.
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