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Paradise: Hope

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The concluding part of Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy

“If you're happy and you know it, clap your fat,” sing the teenagers at a strictly regimented summer weight-loss camp, amid the beautiful surroundings of the Austrian Alps. 

The concluding film in Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, Hope focuses on lonely 13-year-old Melli (Melanie Lenz) – the daughter of single mum Teresa from Paradise: Love– who falls in love with the establishment’s senior doctor (Joseph Lorenz). 

Think Lolitaretold from the young heroine’s perspective. 

Against the odds this isa sometimes droll and surprisingly tender affair, and a fitting end to Seidl’s magnum opus.

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