Paradise: Love
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PARADISE: LOVE is the opener in the trilogy about three women in one family who take separate vacations: the first one as a sex tourist, the second one (PARADISE: FAITH) as a Catholic missionary and the third one (PARADISE: HOPE) at a diet camp for teenagers. Three films, three women, three stories of the longing to find happiness in contemporary society. All three films were written by Mr. Seidl and his wife, Veronica Franz, and photographed by revered American cinematographer Ed Lachman, best known for his work with Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven earned Mr. Lachman an Academy Award… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"The striking compositions mingle childlike curiosity with adult decadence -- and natural beauty with garish consumer culture -- to provocative, even profound effect."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Ulrich Seidl: sadomasochistic provocateur or compassionate observer of the human condition?"
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A film that, once watched, is not readily un-watched, in both good and dismaying ways alike."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"This cleverly made film is often painful to watch since we understand from the start where it's heading, so we watch helplessly as the lead character is warped by her yearning for love."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The result is overlong but still offers a clear-eyed engagement with a Kenya where love is a transaction and the heart remains a lonely hunter."
‑ Allan Hunter, The List
"That churning in your stomach may be unpleasant, but it's necessary for the film to deliver its knockout punch."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"One of the most disturbing films I've seen in a very long time."
‑ Jordan Hoffman,
"Watching Paradise: Love is a visceral, Schadenfreude-tinged experience that produces belly laughs and queasiness alike-sometimes in tandem."
‑ Jonathan Robbins, Film Comment Magazine
"The problem is not with the hopelessness of Seidl's vision, it is with the predictability of the tonal arc."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"The double-edged irony of the title is your first hint: this is a clever pitch-black satire that often feels like a cruel joke."
‑ Rich Cline,
"The whole affair curdles into a feeling of unearned, defensive superiority."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Seidl sternly rejects nuance. All the women are crude and insensitive, all the men are desperate and exploited."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"A poignant film about the desperation of tubby, middle-aged Austrian women who take a sex tour to Kenya."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Some will feel too uncomfortable watching this but there's an ironic humour there too ..."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Roll on Paradise: Faith and Paradise: Hope!"
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
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