Artificial Paradises

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Named for Baudelaire's translated adaptation of Confessions of an Opium Eater, Artificial Paradises is a journey into the altered states and unlikely friendship of young heroin addict Luisa (Luisa Pardo) and pot-smoking, aging caretaker Salomon (Salomon Hernandez). Gloriously photographed, the film is an evocation of this odd couple's emotions, their attempts to escape from everyday life and reach an artificial Eden, as well as the storms brought on by their enjoyment of this experience in a crumbling Veracruz beach resort. -- (C) Official Site


Critic Reviews for Artificial Paradises

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  • When a small drama sputters to life at the end, it's too late. You've already been lulled into dreamland.

    Mar 30, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Olaizola pans across peeling building facades to subtly enhance her portrait of characters crumbling under the weight of self-destructive habits and solitude-a weight that might only be lifted through the selfless compassion of others.

    Mar 27, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Paraisos Artificiales is an exemplary situation documentary that employs one professional actor, Luisa Pardo, and a single location, Playa Jicacal, as the basis for an 83-minute movie that's as much reverie as narrative.

    Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It knows not to reveal much, to show only what it sees, and yet it manages to suggest very well the severity and urgency of the abyss that always lies beneath the surface.

    Mar 29, 2012 | Full Review…

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