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Paradise: Hope

Paradies: Hoffnung

Directed by Ulrich Seidl
Austria, Germany, 2013


Her mother in Kenya, 13-year-old Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp set in the Austrian countryside. Between workouts and nutrition classes, pillow fights and first cigarettes, she falls in love with a doctor 40 years her senior.

Paradise: Hope Directed by Ulrich Seidl
…One of Seidl’s very best… By making a space to both honor and defend Melanie’s desire, Seidl creates a film that problematizes our culture’s response to pedophilia. Paradise: Hope doesn’t defend the actions of any of its adults (far from it), but it refuses to become so invested in condemnation that it shames a young girl for healthy sexual curiosity, the collateral damage we have usually come to expect.
July 24, 2014
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The opening giggle of Seidl’s trilogy—Teresa’s own summertime scarlet letter—makes for a lapsed vision of love; the splintered logic of the route from Love’s laughter to a screaming Faith means ending with the tiresome, breathless Hope for a paradise that may not exist at all. In Seidl’s sometimes beautiful, beguiling hall of walls and windows—not a mirror in sight—one hopes with whispers.
January 21, 2014
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With the last installment of his “Paradise” trilogy, rigid Austrian schoolmaster-cum-director Ulrich Seidl unbends, just a little. This is, by some distance, the best movie of the three, and it showcases the impeccable symmetry of his compositions, while retaining his compulsion to wag a finger in your face.
December 20, 2013
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