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Paradise: Love Reviews

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November 16, 2017
Here, each shot tells a story, silent cinema style, and Seidl's cinema resembles the railroad-like cinema construction of the silents. Yet he is not just presentational; this presentation confronts...
September 5, 2017
A challenging and frequently uncomfortable watch that messes with your sympathies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2017
The film is attuned to the moral complexity of the situation, and also surprisingly tender.
April 12, 2016
Even as he critiques the social dynamic, Seidl is never less than humane, spending serious time loitering with marginalized characters no other filmmaker deems worthy of time.
January 10, 2014
A film that, once watched, is not readily un-watched, in both good and dismaying ways alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 4, 2013
Watching Paradise: Love is a visceral, Schadenfreude-tinged experience that produces belly laughs and queasiness alike-sometimes in tandem.
July 3, 2013
A poignant film about the desperation of tubby, middle-aged Austrian women who take a sex tour to Kenya.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 20, 2013
This cleverly made film is often painful to watch since we understand from the start where it's heading, so we watch helplessly as the lead character is warped by her yearning for love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2013
The problem is not with the hopelessness of Seidl's vision, it is with the predictability of the tonal arc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2013
Some will feel too uncomfortable watching this but there's an ironic humour there too ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2013
The result is overlong but still offers a clear-eyed engagement with a Kenya where love is a transaction and the heart remains a lonely hunter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2013
The double-edged irony of the title is your first hint: this is a clever pitch-black satire that often feels like a cruel joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2013
Roll on Paradise: Faith and Paradise: Hope!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 11, 2013
Though it covers similar thematic ground to Laurent Cantet's Haiti-set Heading South, Seidl's gruelling film proves his knack for leaving viewers emotionally discomfited.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 10, 2013
Sugar Mama sex tourism is the subject of Paradise Love, and director Ulrich Seidl's remarkable film about the subject is deeply affecting in a number of ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 31, 2013
The striking compositions mingle childlike curiosity with adult decadence -- and natural beauty with garish consumer culture -- to provocative, even profound effect.
May 23, 2013
That churning in your stomach may be unpleasant, but it's necessary for the film to deliver its knockout punch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2013
Challenging, complex and frequently ugly, "Paradise: Love" is a ruthless exploration of how unlike our everyday selves we can behave when we're "on holiday," and how much that illuminates who we really are.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 26, 2013
One of the most disturbing films I've seen in a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
April 25, 2013
A tour de force of meticulous cruelty, a comic melodrama that elicits laughter and empathy and then replaces those responses with squirming discomfort.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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