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 »
Four people get to tell the story of their "first time", an animated film based on documentary interviews. Contemporary stories and some even from the 1920's range from comedy to tragedy ... 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 »
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 »
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.
Disappointed by failed relationships and the demands set by local women, more and more Austrians search for happiness in a marriage with women from Thailand and the Philippines. Asked about... 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 ('Paradise: Love') and her aunt does missionary work ('Paradise: Faith'), Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp for overweight adolescents. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the camp director, a doctor forty years her senior. As the doctor struggles with the guilty nature of his desire, Melanie had imagined her paradise differently. Written by
"Minimalistic, characteristic, sociological and atypical..."
Austrian screenwriter, producer and director Ulrich Seidl's fifth feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriter Veronika Franz and co-produced, is the last part of his partly theological Paradise trilogy which was preceded by "Paradise: Love" (2012) and Paradise: Faith" (2012). It premiered In competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, 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 13-year-old girl named Melanie who whilst her mother named Teresa is on vacation in Kenya is taken to a diet camp by her aunt named Anna Maria where she befriends a girl named Verena and takes a liking to a doctor.
Precisely and statically directed by European filmmaker Ulrich Seidl, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a heartrending portrayal of a girl's experiences whilst participating in a residential program. 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 and use of colors, this somewhat character-driven and dialog-driven story about friendship and hope depicts a mindful study of character where the rare humor occurs as a result of the at times rhythmic and subtle continuity.
This humane, involving and somewhat surreal sequel which is set mostly at a weight loss resort in Austria and where an adolescent girl begins looking for the same thing that her mother is looking for in Kenya, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, colorful characters, sparse dialog and the reverent and commendable acting performances by actress Melanie Lenz in her debut feature film role, Austrian actor Joseph Lorenz and actress Verena Lehbauer. A minimalistic, characteristic, sociological and atypical coming-of-age drama where Ulrich Seidl's dystopic universe which may not be for all tastes and where he has gone to the extremities of humanity with a bittersweet, realistic and somewhat bleak though far from melancholic point of view comes to an end.
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