Paradise: Hope

2013

Paradise: Hope

Critics Consensus

After testing viewers' endurance with a pair of discomfitingly bleak films, Seidl concludes his Paradise trilogy on a surprisingly sensitive note.

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The concluding chapter of the trilogy tells the story of overweight 13-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya (PARADISE: LOVE) and her aunt does missionary work (PARADISE: FAITH), Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp for overweight teenagers. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the camp director, a doctor forty years her senior. (C) Anthology Film Archives

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

  • This is, by some distance, the best movie of the three, and it showcases the impeccable symmetry of [Seidl's] compositions, while retaining his compulsion to wag a finger in your face.

    Dec 20, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If this trilogy capper doesn't leave the contusions the other films have, it remains a necessary salve, particularly if you dare to binge-watch.

    Dec 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Seidl's camera always stands back to let the women's environments and their orientation within them tell their stories in a way that can inspire compassionate recognition.

    Dec 17, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Instead of being contemptuous and sardonic, the portrait of inchoate adolescent longing in "Paradise: Hope" is poignant.

    Dec 16, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The most hopeful - and the best - of this solid and unsettling series.

    Dec 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This tale of a creepy pedophilic relationship is the most tender, nuanced, and deeply felt picture Seidl has ever made.

    Dec 5, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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