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Paradise: Hope (2013)

Paradies: Hoffnung (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 18 December 2013 (USA)
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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 »

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Ulrich Seidl

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Ulrich Seidl (screenplay), Veronika Franz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Lenz ... Melanie
Verena Lehbauer Verena Lehbauer ... Verena
Joseph Lorenz Joseph Lorenz ... Arzt
Michael Thomas Michael Thomas ... Sporttrainer
Viviane Bartsch Viviane Bartsch ... Ernährungsberaterin (as Vivian Bartsch)
Maria Hofstätter Maria Hofstätter ... Tante Melanie
Arabel Aigner Arabel Aigner ... Diätcamp Kind
Vanessa Ecker Vanessa Ecker ... Diätcamp Kind
Ines Götz Ines Götz ... Diätcamp Kind
Alexia Greimel Alexia Greimel ... Diätcamp Kind
Tobias Kasper Tobias Kasper ... Diätcamp Kind
Renee Marat Renee Marat ... Diätcamp Kind
Sebastian Mertel Sebastian Mertel ... Diätcamp Kind
Julia Metzner Julia Metzner ... Diätcamp Kind
Christoph Miko Christoph Miko ... Diätcamp Kind
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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 ('Paradise: Love') and her aunt does missionary work ('Paradise: Faith'), Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp for overweight adolescents. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the camp director, a doctor forty years her senior. As the doctor struggles with the guilty nature of his desire, Melanie had imagined her paradise differently. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Austria | France | Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

18 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paraíso: Esperanza See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,664, 8 December 2013

Gross USA:

$6,701

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$457,132
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Melanie: If you're happy and you know it, clap your fat. If you're happy and you know, clap your fat. If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you're happy and you know it, clap your fat.
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If you're happy and you know it
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Volksweise - interpretiert von Viviane Bartsch und den Diätcamp Kindern
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Hope in youth
28 January 2017 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Ulirch Seidl's 'Paradise' trilogy focuses on female unhappiness: the first two movies were almost unwatchably painful, as they charted their protagonists' unfortunate plights and self-harming behaviour. The third film is not quite so gloomy, although its title 'Hope' is almost certainly meant ironically, but there is hope here, if only because it's younger characters still have the chance to turn around their lives. Equally, the film's purpose seems a little less clear than its predecessors: some overweight, but basically normal teenagers attend a weight-loss camp, where they face a measure of abuse from the adults who run it. The most poignant moment in the film comes when the lead character, the daughter of the protagonist in the first film, desperately calls her mother (who we know to be trapped in her own form of hell), a sign of a human bond that has hitherto not been revealed. Overall, it's still hard to know what to make of the trilogy, except as a series of observations on quite how hard it is to make meaningful connections with those around us.


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