• Unrated, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ulrich Seidl
    In Theaters:
    Aug 23, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 21, 2013
  • Strand Releasing

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Paradise: Faith Reviews

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Much like his fellow Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, Seidl knows how to keep his audience captivated while rattling us with a discomfiting precision.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 2013
Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
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Scenes are dramatic without a hint of melodrama, so when a flash of intensity does occur, it does so out of nowhere and registers even more powerfully.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Now, here's the trilogy's second installment, in which the jolly Austrian makes it clear that women of a certain age do not have his permission to overdo it with religion, either.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 23, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Like it or not, "Paradise: Faith" sticks in your head.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 22, 2013
Tomas Hachard
NPR
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A brutal, unflinching, anxiety-inducing, almost unbearably hard to watch film.

Full Review Source: NPR

August 22, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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With little room to feel for or even understand Anna Maria, "Paradise: Faith" rarely seems more than high art with low intentions.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 22, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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There just isn't two hours' worth of movie here, especially considering that Seidl has previously addressed some of the same ideas in his religious documentary Jesus, You Know.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

August 22, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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It's hard to say if Faith works better as part of a whole instead of a triptych's single panel until the trilogy is complete, but the unconverted may find this too much of a cross to bear.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2013
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Hofstätter's performance comes off as an unselfconscious tour de force, painfully real and culturally lost.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 20, 2013
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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Ulrich Seidl is back on home turf in Austria with Paradise: Faith, but no less willing to challenge auds with startling imagery, ambiguous morality and ruthless black humor.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 19, 2013
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Austrian iconoclast Ulrich Seidl delivers one of his more challenging tracts in this screwy reflection on religious devotion.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

August 19, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Even at his most thematically reductive, Ulrich Seidl exhibits one of the richest pictorial sensibilities in contemporary movies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 14, 2013
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