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Paradise Hills (2019)

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Uma is a young woman who wakes up in an apparently idyllic reform school for young ladies. But a dark secret lies within its walls.

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Alice Waddington
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Roberts ... Uma
Danielle Macdonald ... Chloe
Awkwafina ... Yu
Eiza González ... Amarna
Milla Jovovich ... The Duchess
Jeremy Irvine ... Markus
Arnaud Valois ... Son
Daniel Horvath Daniel Horvath ... Favorite 1
Joey Sordyl ... Favorite 2
Nancy Jack ... Eloise
Julia Stresen-Reuter Ramírez Julia Stresen-Reuter Ramírez ... Uma (7)
Ted Stresen-Reuter Ted Stresen-Reuter ... Uma's Father
Erica Bertamini Hoashi ... Resident Girl 1 (as Erica Bertamini)
Lesley Grant ... Resident Girl 2
Lea Isabel Schaaf Lea Isabel Schaaf ... Resident Girl 3 (as Lea Schaaf)
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In an undetermined future, society has divided in two types: upper-class or "superiors", and the rest of the world, mid and lower-class, named "inferiors". Uma is a superior teen girl who reluctant to marry with another superior named Son to be fall in love of an inferior named Markus, her mother sends her to Paradise Hills, a school for young ladies to reform rebel girls located in a remote island in the middle of the ocean. Waking up in Paradise not knowing how she arrived there, in the island she meets another students of the school: Amarna, a world pop star who was sent after she decided sing her own songs against the will of her parents and the music company that produces her albums; Chloe, an over-weight girl which parents want to turn her in a perfect woman, thin and complaint; and Yu, an inferior that after the loss of her parents was sent with her superiors aunt and uncle, who wants to make perfect and superior as them. At the same time that Uma meets the eccentric and ... Written by Chockys

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"Paradise Hills" is full to homages to 1980s, delightfully camp genre film classics: When the audience sees the Paradise Hills girls for the first time, three of them dressed in white are skipping a white rope. Just like in Freddy's saga, it's meant to be a death omen.

The Escher-like architecture and Uma's gown in her wedding ball are direct homages to Jim Henson's 1986 film Labyrinth. Alice Waddington has been very open with her love for the Henson Company's aesthetics, leadership and creativity. See more »

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Written by Joana Serrat, Ryan Boldt
Performed by Joana Serrat feat. Ryan Boldt
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Not as good as it thinks it is
3 September 2019 | by trinaboiceSee all my reviews

IN A NUTSHELL: This Sci-fi horror/thriller is Allice Waddington's directorial debut. The film debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival and quickly afterward, Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired the distribution rights. Unfortunately, it's not as good as it thinks it is.

TIPS FOR PARENTS: Some crude language and 1 F-bomb. Some violence

THINGS I LIKED: I'm a sucker for Milla Jovovich. I've been seeing Emma Roberts all over the place lately. Good for her. She sings in the movie too. A-lister Julia Roberts must be one proud auntie. The young cast includes Danielle MacDonald, Awkwafina, Jeremy Irvine, and Eliza Gonzalez. Fun and creative costume design. The fantastical set designs were intriguing.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: The sound kind of drove me nuts. Some of the acting wasn't very good. I've seen many of the actors do much better in other movies, so I was disappointed. It had everything to do with the poor script. I feel terrible saying this, but I was bored. Some of the scenes take place in dim moonlight, so it'll be hard to see what's going on if you watch this on a small device once the film goes to streaming or DVD. It takes itself way too seriously. Many things are totally random and just don't make any sense at all. If they're symbolic, then I totally missed it. Everything just seemed really dumb and self-indulgent to me. You can read the rest of my review at Movie Review Mom.


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$371,091
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