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Paradise: Love (2012)

Paradies: Liebe (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 26 April 2013 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Ulrich Seidl

Writers:

Ulrich Seidl (screenplay), Veronika Franz (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margarete Tiesel ... Teresa (as Margarethe Tiesel)
Peter Kazungu Peter Kazungu ... Munga
Inge Maux Inge Maux ... Freundin von Teresa
Dunja Sowinetz Dunja Sowinetz ... Urlaubsfreundinnen
Helen Brugat Helen Brugat ... Urlaubsfreundinnen
Gabriel Mwarua Gabriel Mwarua ... Gabriel (as Gabriel Nguma Mwaruwa)
Josphat Hamisi Josphat Hamisi ... Josphat
Carlos Mkutano Carlos Mkutano ... Salama (as Carlos Mukutani)
Melanie Lenz ... Tochter Teresa
Maria Hofstätter ... Schwester Teresa
Livingson Nyambu Livingson Nyambu ... Tourguide
Tobias Kasiwa Tobias Kasiwa ... Animateur
Leonora Migide Leonora Migide ... Schwester Munga
Anderson Mutisya Anderson Mutisya ... Stripper
Francis Aluoch Francis Aluoch ... Room Boy
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Storyline

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 entering puberty, travels to this vacation paradise. She goes from one beach boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next and finally she must recognize: On the beaches of Kenya, love is a business. Written by Strand Releasing

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Drama

Certificate:

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Lust is all you need
14 June 2013 | by xWRLSee all my reviews

Some white middle-aged German-speaking women tourists seek sex from male youths on a beach in Kenya--what could go wrong?

This movie vividly documents the repercussions of living out sexual fantasies without thinking of the other person. The location shots make clear the disparity between the visitors and the local people. The tourists' hotel aspires to luxury yet it's sad and artificial, with live entertainment that looks sadly out of place. There's a (literal) dividing line between the hotel and the beach, dividing "Europe," as one person calls it, from Africa.

At one point, the main character wishes out loud that her sex boys would look deeply into her eyes and see her soul rather than merely performing sex in exchange for money. It's the perfect irony, since this woman and her tourist friends show no human regard for the young men they use for sex.

The locales and the situations are exotic. The contrasts we see are eye-opening. Here is a movie produced without frills that promises nonetheless to leave a lasting impression.


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Country:

Austria | Germany | France

Language:

German | English | Swahili

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,014, 28 April 2013

Gross USA:

$24,267

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,709,036
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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