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7.4
/10
174 Ratings

Paradise

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Directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy
Russia, Germany, 2016
Drama, War

Synopsis

Follows three people whose paths cross during a terrible time of war: Olga, a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French Resistance; Jules, a French collaborator; and Helmut, a high-ranking German SS officer.

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Paradise Directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy
Konchalovsky frequently interrupts the story of this 2016 feature so characters can address the camera, confronting their innermost feelings and defending their actions, in passages that recall some of the 1960s films of Ingmar Bergman. Black-and-white cinematography and minimalist sound design contribute to the bleak, austere tone, which befits the theme of survival in a morally bankrupt world.
November 16, 2017
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Konchalovsky’s lack of sentimentality and textured staging forge a lucid vision of a nightmare.
October 03, 2017
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It’s Simonov’s ink-and-porcelain imagery that is the headline star here, not inordinately beautifying the horrors on display but granting them the visual severity and serenity that they deserve. Konchalovsky and Simonov also deftly exploit the limitations of the Academy ratio throughout, boxing even its unimprisoned characters into the frame as a constant, underlying reminder that no one is leaving this living nightmare entirely free.
September 08, 2016
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