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 »
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 »
In the tomb-like quiet of their ranch-style purgatory, a divorced husband and wife fight a wordless war while mourning an unspeakable mutual loss. A sadistic lover's ritual humiliation spawns both tenderness and revenge.
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 »
Four film-makers embark on a cinematic survey of Austria, documenting the political and social state of the nation and its people. An eye-opening experience. In the wake of the 1999 ... 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.
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 »
Great, uncompromising semi-documentary about six people who tell Jesus any given detail that is on their mind. They practice in such detailed manner that not seldomly you won't manage to keep serious. For instance Elfriede who while cleaning the church's floor and dusting the crucifixes starts her whining soliloquy about her Muslim husband's behavior after sickness, his TV habits which appear to have taken influence on their relationship. She would have been the perfect Fassbinder victim. Elfriede is the toughest pill to swallow because of a self righteousness. Or another, elderly woman whose husband's adultery drives her mad and tries to discuss revenge with Him by making phone calls with an alternate voice. You literally see the victory in her eyes when her ridiculous plan, obviously granted by the Lord, seems to be fulfilled. The entire movie is completely static (such as Dog Days) which makes it so believable. You really would like to help the youngest of the six witnesses to manage his catholic identity crisis as he feels so helplessly lost and laughed at by his family who rather want him to clean up his room than go to praise the Lord.
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