Maria's Paradise (Marian paratiisi)

2019

Maria's Paradise (Marian paratiisi)

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Finland, 1920's. The charismatic preacher Maria Åkerblom leads her devout followers to Helsinki, among them is the adoring teenager Salome. When Salome befriends local street girl Malin, her world views are challenged and she is torn between the promise of newfound freedom and Maria's dangerous all-consuming love.

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  • That tension between old and new, good and bad is pleasingly kept taut throughout by Bergroth's confident direction, and twanged with precision by a fine cast...

    September 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "...compelling for much of its two-hour run time, until it succumbs to a messy final act that makes it fail as drama as well."

    November 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [The film] ensures the seeds of doubt are sowed gradually so they can be dismissed in the moment and yet cemented into the recesses of Salome's mind.

    September 11, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Bergroth makes the miscalculation of expanding Maria's Paradise beyond Salome's credulous perspective and depriving us of the chance to experience her inevitable disillusionment alongside her.

    September 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, Maria's Paradise is often both distracted and distracting, never committed enough to its central character study and possessing an anachronistic electronic score that wears out its welcome.

    September 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing, well-heeled period drama...

    September 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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