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79 Ratings



Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
Russia, Germany, 2016


The compelling story of three individuals, Olga, Jules and Helmut, whose paths cross amidst the devastation of war.

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Paradise Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
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. Jules and Helmut initially enjoy their coffee and women because they’ve found a way not to empathize with the people who’re suffering under the tendrils of a machine so operatic in its madness as to be oxymoronically invisible.
October 03, 2017
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While the film is dedicated to the Russian émigrés who saved Jewish children in France, Paradise’s main character is the Nazi who is presented in a very Russian manner: an elegant, intelligent, yet ruthless man who believes with all his heart in the sanctity and justness of his cause; a man who also at one point confesses his admiration for Stalin and Communism. Politically speaking, this is all rather disagreeable if not outright despicable.
December 22, 2016
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