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 »
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 »
Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.
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 »
Ulrich Seidls follow wealthy tourists going on safari to kill often endangered species. Some determinedly searching for trophies, others to enjoy. Even if every prey comes at a price., they... 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.
Main character of this movie is Rene Rupnik, a former math teacher. He is forty years old and lives together with his mother in a desolate block of flats. Ever since his early youth women ... See full summary »
Zwei Männer, zwei Brüder. Ihr Elternhaus. Sie trinken auf ihre verstorbene Mutter, sie tragen sie zu Grabe. Danach fahren sie wieder, zurück in ihr eigentliches Leben. Der eine nach ... See full summary »
A cinema friend of mine and I were chatting after seeing this film - we'd previously seen ANIMAL LOVE, DOG DAYS and LOSSES TO BE EXPECTED. My friend commented that he got the feeling Seidl didn't like his subjects very much.
I guess that MODELS (1999) makes that point better than DOG DAYS (2001) - some of the people in the latter are likeable, and in the earlier 1992 film LOSSES TO BE EXPECTED, quite a few of the people were rather amiable. I don't know what might have happened to Ulrich Seidl from 1992 to 1995 when ANIMAL LOVE came out, but although the characters in MODELS might be complex and perhaps even interesting, they aren't very likeable at all - not that that need to be, and maybe that's part of Seidl's point(s). If the film is "written & directed", it's not really a documentary, is it? It's a little more difficult to tell in MODELS how much of it is real and how much is being torqued up from whatever "reality" there is - and reality is never quite the same for two different people. Is that a point? Dunno. But if Philip K. Dick was still around these two could certainly whip up some interesting dsytopias.
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