On the beaches of Kenya they’re known as “Sugar Mamas” — European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter entering puberty, travels to this vacation paradise, moving from beach to beach…
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Amongst the bleak and hopeless search for someone to love, is the bold portrayal of the degrading nature of the tourist culture. A very thought-provoking outlook on the misguided perspectives/motives of different cultures.
First of all, don't watch this movie with a broken heart. Incredibly well done in a technical level. The composition of the shots and the everyday life the movie has gives it so much depth and detail. I really related to the main character in her sense of desperation, even if its exploitation. This is lived by all of us, in different ways. What a masterpiece of modern times.
What an absolutely miserable fucking experience and I loved every moment of it. The cinematography was perfection, especially the composition and the film itself was so uncomfortably paced and cringe worthy which I loved. Pretty much everyone in this film just felt so goddamn desperate it was extremely painful to watch. Also this is the second film I've ever seen I truly wish I had made. Just absolute perfection.
A grotesque journey through exploitation! No soul gets out alive in this one! The compositions are gorgeous. I adore the lead character's persistence in the face of dread. I always find the way Seidl balances comedy and tragedy to be inspring, if not mystical. Thank you for the despair, Mr.Seidl!
Brutal and bruising as ever, Seidl nevertheless proffers here what may be his most visually gracious and lyrical look yet at raw, quivering, queasy-making human need. At times I found the film's attempt to examine racial, gender, and economic relations through the prism of misadventures in the African sex trade moving and insightful, while at others it seemed cynical and cheaply exploitative towards all concerned.
Simultaneously embarrassing, entertaining, thought-provoking, charming and infuriating. Tiesel’s bare performance is supported by Seidl’s improvisational approach and assured direction. The non-actors are convincing onscreen, presenting an inscrutable facade that only mirrors back what one expects to see. In a sex trade created by a foreign demand, that may be all there is to see, or perhaps all we deserve to see.
A confronting and often uncomfortable tale of sex-tourism from a middle-aged single Austrian woman's perspective on holiday in Africa. Treading an improv line that borders on pornography at times it's a story of people with unfulfilled needs, the entitlements of wealth, dignity and loneliness. 3.5 stars