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The Paradise Trilogy
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Paradise: Hope

Paradies: Hoffnung

Directed by Ulrich Seidl
Austria, 2013
  • German
  • English
The Paradise Trilogy


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.

Our take

After the shocks of Faith and Love, Ulrich Seidl made possibly the most surprising decision of all: tenderness. The final film in his Paradise trilogy—and by some accounts the best—finds the provocateur at peak warmth (but still transgressive) for a brightly twisted coming of age story.

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Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival


Toronto International Film Festival


Vancouver International Film Festival


Bodil Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Non-American Film

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