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Paradise: Faith (2012)

Paradies: Glaube (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 21 March 2013 (Germany)
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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Hofstätter ...
Nabil Saleh ...
Rene Rupnik ...
Herr Rupnik (as René Rupnik)
Natalya Baranova ...
Betrunkene Russin (as Natalija Baranova)
Trude Masur ...
Dieter Masur ...
Michaela Hurdes-Galli ...
Frau mit Katze / Legio Herz Jesu
Gulcan Jafarova ...
Sevinc Jafarova ...
Rafael Asadov ...
Miriam Asadov ...
Jafaraw Rafail ...
Kenan Rafail ...
Martina Spitzer ...
Legio Herz Jesu
Heinrich Herki ...
Legio Herz Jesu


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 Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. When her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home after years of absence, her life is turned upside down. Written by Anonymous

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$828 (USA) (13 September 2013)


$5,959 (USA) (13 September 2013)

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"Minimalistic, dramatic, cinematic and incisive..."
25 April 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Austrian screenwriter, producer and director Ulrich Seidl's fourth feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriter Veronika Franz and co-produced, is the second part of his Paradise trilogy which was preceded by "Paradise: Love" (2012) and succeeded by Paradise: Hope (2013). It premiered In competition at the 69th Venice Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Austria and is a Austria-Germany-France co-production which was produced by producers Philippe Bober and Christine Ruppert. It tells the story about a middle-aged Catholic missionary worker named Anna Maria who is a member of a minor group of religious adults called Legio Corbis Jesu who promises their number one man that they will make Austria Catholic. Anna Maria lives on her own, has a cat she tends to from time to time and likes to sing and play on her keyboard, but her relationship with religion which goes beyond comparison is the most important aspect of her life and after starting on her vacation she begins walking from door to door imposing her message upon whomever she meets and insisting that they join her in praying to the Virgin Mary.

Distinctly and statically directed by Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view, draws an exceptional and moving portrayal of an utterly devout and headstrong Austrian woman whose faith is challenged when she is reunited with her husband named Nabil. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, distinct production design by production designers Andreas Donhauser and Renate Martin, cinematography by American cinematographer Edward Lachman and Austrian cinematographer Wolfgang Thaler, use of sound and use of colors, this character-driven and dialog-driven story and scrutinizing examination of religion which stands out amongst the director's three individual and connected films and which is as hilariously comical as it is seriously unsettling, depicts a heartrending and close to surreal study of character.

This conversational, situational and theatrical drama which is set in Austria and where the very unorthodox relationship that the sister of the sex tourist in Kenya has with the man of her prayers is disturbed by the arrival of her spouse, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, exceedingly brilliant dialog, instrumental and vocal music and the poignant acting performances by Austrian actress Maria Hofstätter and actor Nabil Saleh. A minimalistic, dramatic, cinematic and incisive narrative feature which gained, among other awards, the Special Jury Prize Ulrich Seidl at the 69th Venice Film Festival in 2012.

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