Paradise: Love


The first in a trilogy of vacation movies from Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl

To be followed by Paradise:Faith (July) and Paradise: Hope (Aug), Love is the first in Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl’s trilogy tracking three women from the same middle-class family taking separate vacations.

Here, 50-year-old Teresa (Margarete Tiesel) heads to a beach resort in Kenya, where young black men are literally queuing up to offer their ‘services’ to white, female sex tourists. 

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.

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