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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

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Well made but possibly too direct
27 December 2015 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Prostitution, they say, is the world's oldest profession, and can be justified as a mutually beneficial transaction on the basic principles of market economics - if, and it's a big if, the buyer knows what they are getting and the seller is in a position to make a reasonable choice. But often sellers are distressed, making a choice but under terrible constraints; and perhaps some buyers too are looking for something that cannot be bought. Udo Siedel's film 'Love', the first in a trilogy, is about a middle aged Austrian woman who travels to Keyna in search of a sexual adventure to rebuild her sense of self: the result is just sad. I don't know how realistic the scenes depicted in the movie are; but as drama, and not documentary, it's a strange film, depressing and without a conventional narrative arc: there is so clearly no happy ending here for anyone, right from the start, and the protagonists' unappealing nature (on both sides) is offset by the obvious absence of any obvious better choices in their lives. The film is cleverly shaped, and well acted; but it's ultimately unclear what the point is supposed to be, beyond what we might have guessed from the outset.


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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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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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