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.
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As quietly stressful as dry comedy can get, "P: Hope" never mistakes innocence for simplicity or lust for evil. Desire, the film suggests, is often simply about the need to understand the object of our affection, not to own it. Spectacular performances all round with the young lead actress' turn particularly honest, risky and memorable as she explores the newfound power and vulnerabilities of womanhood.
The last of the Paradise trilogy and all three were amazing. The filming, narrative and editing is so real you marvel at Ulrich Seidl's insight into people. For me the meaning of the trilogy is about the problems and suffering brought about by being human and the more human or feeling and caring you are the greater the suffering. But they persist on. They abide. We all abide.
The worst and most despicable filmmaker in the world in one of his usual variations around what he thinks is the human grotesque, that much consideration has paid him in film festivals, which is really grotesque, being very human.
In my opinion, the weakest movie of the trilogy. Love and Faith touched my heart, Hope didn't. Maybe because Melanie's need for love is not existential, not yet. Five years later, it will become harrowing. Already forgotten.
The final film in Seidl's Paradise Trilogy, and the most meticulous. Every shot is meticulous in its visual arrangement, down to the smallest details. The dialogue is also meticulous, nothing in this film is superfluous. Incredibly realistic, these 3 films don't feel at all acted, which makes them more subtly disturbing. Each of the films leaves us feeling that paradise is hopelessly, devastatingly unattainable,
Even if it is the most optimistic of the trilogy, it still make me wanna throw myself off of a goddamn bridge. Which of course means I was profoundly affected by it! Certainly didn't go as far as I thought it would (appropriately so!). The shots are composed with such perfection and the dialogue felt extremely real. Humans are shit but perhaps we can change? Perhaps not. I don't know! Clap your fat!
Surprisingly, the most optimistic at of the trilogy but that's not saying much. The most enduring relationship is the first love relationship. The perils of youth and dissatisfaction of adult life are shown to the bitter end that you the sense of hope you find maybe be only fleeting. Still, fleeting is better than nothing.