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 »
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 »
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.
A comic feature film about an underachieving writer who sets out to write his masterpiece, but is confounded when one of its characters steps into his real life and introduces him to a life of sin and corruption.
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
"Minimalistic, dramatic, cinematic and incisive..."
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.
14 of 25 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?