Paradise: Love

2013

Paradise: Love (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Paradise: Love proves a viewing experience that's difficult to shake -- albeit one that will leave some discomfited more than truly entertained.

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PARADISE: LOVE is the opener in the trilogy about three women in one family who take separate vacations: the first one as a sex tourist, the second one (PARADISE: FAITH) as a Catholic missionary and the third one (PARADISE: HOPE) at a diet camp for teenagers. Three films, three women, three stories of the longing to find happiness in contemporary society. All three films were written by Mr. Seidl and his wife, Veronica Franz, and photographed by revered American cinematographer Ed Lachman, best known for his work with Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven earned Mr. Lachman an Academy Award nomination,) Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovitch,) Robert Altman (Prairie Home Companion,) Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan,) Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog. (c) Strand

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The striking compositions mingle childlike curiosity with adult decadence -- and natural beauty with garish consumer culture -- to provocative, even profound effect.

May 31, 2013 | Full Review…

That churning in your stomach may be unpleasant, but it's necessary for the film to deliver its knockout punch.

May 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

The whole affair curdles into a feeling of unearned, defensive superiority.

May 3, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

One of the most disturbing films I've seen in a very long time.

Apr 26, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Seidl sternly rejects nuance. All the women are crude and insensitive, all the men are desperate and exploited.

Apr 26, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A tour de force of meticulous cruelty, a comic melodrama that elicits laughter and empathy and then replaces those responses with squirming discomfort.

Apr 25, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5

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