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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

Writers:

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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Country:

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

Aspect Ratio:

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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Follows Paradise: Love (2012) See more »

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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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A tale of finding hope
27 December 2013 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

The third and final movie of the 'Paradise' trilogy which sets in the summer holiday. Just like the previous two movies this one happens to the parallel timeline but in different locations with different theme and people. The movie which unfolds the story of 'Hope' of a teen girl and her summer vacation at weight loss camp. She was left there by her aunt and before that by her mother in her aunt's house. So all the three movies were interconnected by the characters from one family. And this, the last movie of the trilogy briefs the teenagers issues especially the fat ones and their perspective.

The 13 year old Melanie was sent to the weight loss camp in her summer holiday as per the agreement from her mother. As she joins the others from the camp her innocence seemed to be gone. Unexpectedly she undergoes her first love experience and expects to lose her virginity. On the other side of the story, the friends hangout and partying at late night puts further trouble to her relationship with whom she considered her boyfriend.

This final episode of the trilogy portrayed from a girl's angle which definitely stands as the title promised. The director again did not hesitate to give his new and experimental approach to the problems faced by the people in the contemporary world. His bold attempt is what gave us the three spectacular movies which deals on the different contents and characters. Definitely such movies are not made to make money. But to show the people from different parts of the world about the direction of travelling new culture over the old. These movies are not for entertainment, if you are aware what you watching and what's the purpose of it then you won't be a disappoint much. Like I said three movies, three different locations, three different people and for three different audiences (unless you are a movie buff who watch all the three).


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