Paradise: Love 2013 NR CC

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Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian housewife, travels to the beaches of Kenya as a sex tourist or "Sugar Mama". There, she moves from one Beach Boy to the next, buying their love only to be disappointed and quickly learning that there, love is strictly a business.

Starring:
Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu
Runtime:
1 hour 59 minutes

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Paradise: Love

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Genres Drama
Director Ulrich Seidl
Starring Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu
Supporting actors Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz, Helen Brugat, Gabriel Mwarua, Josphat Hamisi, Carlos Mkutano, Melanie Lenz, Maria Hofstätter, Livingson Nyambu, Tobias Kasiwa, Leonora Migide, Anderson Mutisya, Francis Aluoch, Kenga Randu, Samuel Koigi, Gabriel Lima, Werner Lehner, Fritz Neidhardt
Studio Strand Releasing
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

Beautiful shots of a very complex subject.
Carlos Gonzalez
There she meets other Austrian women like her: unfit, with low self-esteem and hungry for love.
Daniel Gamboa
Another movie sloppily put together just to make money.
Frances

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2013
Format: DVD
This movie starts off with Teresa (Margaret Tiesel) saying goodbye to her daughter who is lying on her bed playing with her cell phone. It is obvious that her daughter finds Teresa an annoyance. Their relationship seems fraught with disconnection and Teresa leaves for her vacation in Kenya on that note. Once in Kenya, Teresa seems enamored of the country and the beautiful weather along with her hotel. The other women she meets tell her about the men they have been having sex with - young Africans who they meet at the beach or in town. She sees that one of her new friends has purchased a motorbike for her 'boyfriend' and this surprises Teresa. Teresa, at first, is totally against finding a lover. Gradually, she succumbs to the idea and tries to have sex with a man she meets. She can not go through with it as it seems too perfunctory.

This movie examines the morphing of Teresa from a prudish Austrian tourist to a woman who opens up to her sensuality with the young African men she takes to bed. It also shows her increasing knowledge of the psychological and fiscal cost of these encounters. Her 'lovers' want money for different things: their sick nephews, their ill fathers, etc. She realizes at one point that she is being used and lied to and gets furious with the man, berating and even physically battering him.

This is a hard movie to watch. As Teresa becomes aware of the real cost of fulfilling her sexuality, she goes through stages and then partakes of what is expected in this culture of self-fulfillment. There is much frontal nudity which may be difficult for some people to watch. There are also many painful emotional scenes that make this movie dark and despairing. I found that the title hinted at what Teresa hoped for but never did find.
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Format: DVD
To be perfectly blunt, Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise: Love" displays three seemingly incongruous qualities simultaneously. It is strangely hopeful, unrepentantly bleak, AND darkly humorous. All of these attributes make it painfully realistic as well. And it is this realness, this unwavering look at some of the seamier elements of aging and sexuality that might scare away more mainstream viewers. I can't say that I enjoyed the movie in a traditional sense, but it certainly made a visceral impact. The first in a proposed trilogy (with Paradise: Faith and Paradise: Hope), the trio of films follow three female members of the same family as they travel on separate excursions. In "Paradise: Love" matriarch Teresa (a fearless Margarete Tiesel) travels to a resort in Kenya for what initially appears to be relaxation and sight-seeing. What quickly becomes apparent, however, is that she actually seeks something of a more intimate nature. The middle-aged women who partake of the luxuries of this establishment use the opportunity to seek out young sexual partners from the local population.

"Paradise: Love" is Teresa's quest. At first, she is merely curious, intrigued and somewhat excited about the adventures her friends have experienced. She seems reticent to move forward, but succumbs to the advances of the first young man who catches her fancy. The brusque and business-like transaction doesn't appeal to Teresa who needs the illusion of love and intimacy as opposed to just physical contact. When she meets a young man who seems to understand her and like her, she gives herself to the experience. Is she naive to think bliss and happiness, however fleeting, are in the cards?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NativeNow on October 13, 2013
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This movie was perhaps an exploration of a paradox in one woman's thinking. Her conundrum was that she wanted to be seen for more than just a body, yet that is all she could see in her male playmates. Being unwilling to see men as more than a body, each encounter with a new man reflected her limited perspective on men. She would scold and instruct her male playmates if they didn't treat her as something more than a body. It was particularly bizarre to watch her complain to her girlfriends that men could not see her for more than a body while that was all she thought they were. When one resides in a world of mirrors, aka Earth, can it ever be reasonable to expect the image in the mirror to reflect something other than what one is being?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Gamboa on January 12, 2014
Format: DVD
Paradise: Love feels like a documentary about sex tourism in Africa. The cinematography is superb, the atmosphere makes you feel as if you are on vacation as well, and the dialogues feel like real conversations that are both shallow and meaningful at the same time. Sure, it is slow, but it is such a realistic film that I did not want it to end.

Teresa is an Austrian, middle-aged woman who goes to a resort in Kenya to spend a vacation. There she meets other Austrian women like her: unfit, with low self-esteem and hungry for love. Teresa starts meeting local men who "love" her for who she really is, and this is when we really start knowing everybody for who they really are.

At times funny, at times sad, this film makes you ponder about the emotional poverty of some people and the economic poverty of some other. When both of these kinds of poverties meet, rather than complement each other, they leave you feeling more void and poor of what you thought you originally were.

This movie has been compared to "Heading South", but while both films are about sex tourism ("Heading South" is set in Haiti), their plots are different. I am looking forward to watching Paradies: Faith and Paradise: Hope.
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