The Czechoslovakian Transport from Paradise is set in an unusual World War II concentration camp. The lax Nazi guards permit their Jewish prisoners to roam freely about the camp and conduct their own business and social affairs, without the threat of instant extermination looming over their heads.
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Filmed in Theresienstadt (a remarkable aspect in itself), Brynych's nearly surreal Holocaust drama begins as a meditation on the cinematic construction of reality (here at the level of counter-intuitive distortion) and continues as a labyrinthine nightmare on the deviously constructed 'mundane' reality of the ghetto. Using a mixed style of close ups and long shots, it is an emotionaly distant, yet chilling film.
Complex and ash-graily gloomy, "Transport z ráje" has interesting aspects like the landscapes of ghetto for Jewish in WWⅡ, brutality of controled freedom and dance of youths under pressure. But especially, the description of "transport from paradise" in third act is frigidly matter-of-fact, all the more terrifying and hauting because it insinuates the premonition of massacre which annihilates the humanity.