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Paradise: Faith (2012)

Paradies: Glaube (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 21 March 2013 (Germany)
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A single woman in her 50's devotes her vacations to doing Catholic missionary work in Vienna, descending into violent self-punishment as part of her faith.


Ulrich Seidl


Ulrich Seidl (screenplay), Veronika Franz (screenplay)
6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Hofstätter ... Anna Maria
Nabil Saleh Nabil Saleh ... Nabil
René Rupnik ... Herr Rupnik
Natalya Baranova Natalya Baranova ... Betrunkene Russin (as Natalija Baranova)
Trude Masur Trude Masur ... Ehepaar
Dieter Masur Dieter Masur ... Ehepaar
Michaela Hurdes-Galli Michaela Hurdes-Galli ... Frau mit Katze / Legio Herz Jesu
Gulcan Jafarova Gulcan Jafarova ... Familie
Sevinc Jafarova Sevinc Jafarova ... Familie
Rafael Asadov Rafael Asadov ... Familie
Miriam Asadov Miriam Asadov ... Familie
Jafaraw Rafail Jafaraw Rafail ... Familie
Kenan Rafail Kenan Rafail ... Familie
Martina Spitzer Martina Spitzer ... Legio Herz Jesu
Heinrich Herki Heinrich Herki ... Legio Herz Jesu


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 Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. When her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home after years of absence, her life is turned upside down. Written by Anonymous

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Life Without Love
31 December 2015 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

It's hard to know what to make of Ulrich Siedl's 'Paradise' trilogy, a series of films about the lives of unhappy middle-aged women. 'Faith' tells the story of someone dementedly committed to spreading the love of Jesus, in a life tragically devoid of any love from other humans. Her unexplained marriage to a paralysed, Muslim man is the source of especial unhappiness, although she seeks out misery apparently believing this is what God wants of her. It's grim, and believable, but the purpose of the first two films, with their pathetic yet unsympathetic protagonists and complete lack of redemption narrative, remains unclear. Somehow I'm not expecting a song-and-dance in film three either.

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Release Date:

21 March 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,179, 25 August 2013

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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