Paradise Love

Paradise Love

DVD - 2013 | Widescreen version
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"Teresa, a fifty year-old woman, 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 love is strictly a business"--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Strand Releasing, 2013
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ©2012
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (121 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Love
Paradise : love

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re_discover
Jul 13, 2016

It feels like you are watching a documentary. The actors were all very courageous.

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mjayh
Jul 18, 2015

Teresa says she's looking for love, but she adapts to the ways of other sexually exploitive white women tourists when she goes to Kenya for a vacation. This is a good film depicting a grubby situation. I can't recall ever encountering a more loathsome bunch of female characters.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 08, 2015

This is the first of the "Paradise" trilogy by controversial Austrian director Ulrich Seidl. The story is about an aging, unattractive white women going to Kenya to find sex and love, with a result we can all expect. Seidl tells his story in a relentless, in-your-face fashion, to the extent some viewers may find certain scenes disturbing. This is what cinema should be. Highly recommended for the right audience.

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Nursebob
Dec 12, 2014

Featuring a fearless performance from lead actress Margarete Tiesel who bravely bares her soul as well as her extra pounds, Ulrich Seidl’s unflinching (and uncomfortably graphic) film blurs the line between exploiters and exploited. Yes there is an aura of colonialism as we see a makeshift fence dividing the beach between pampered white tourists and the black hawkers waiting to descend upon them, and a private birthday bash comes to resemble a slave auction as the drunken women haggle over who can give the negro stripper an erection. But there is another, more subtle prostitution at work here as the savvy Kenyans home in on Teresa’s personal weakness be it fear of abandonment (“Love is forever…”), or poor body image (“Baby I can’t stop, you got me so turned on…”), or just plain loneliness (“No, you’re not old…). It’s this intricate power play that seems to fascinate Seidl and gives his movie an unexpected poignancy. Often filmed as a solitary figure against an empty swimming pool or endless stretch of beach, Teresa’s personal unhappiness plays on that note of insecurity we all carry within ourselves thus giving Paradise: Love a far more universal punch than one would expect. Neither the men nor their female targets are bad people really, they’re just out to get whatever they can before going back to their respective corners. It’s a dance of sorts, a game of words and actions, and to ignore the rules is to put oneself in emotional peril as underscored by the film’s brilliantly sardonic final shot (and post credits coda). Confrontational, at times repulsive, but in the end sadly compassionate.

aaa5756 May 21, 2014

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way. Very predictable but still entertaining.

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ilovewhippets
Mar 31, 2014

It is a really explicit, true story about what is going on in Kenya... when female tourists come... The manipulation happens on both sides.. There was a learning curve for a tourist, innocense of trust to realizing she has been taken in and cheated.. Kenyans are poor.. and resort to unsavory ways of earning money, not always respectful ways.. I was really surprised how well some Kenyans spoke German, in order to drum up business, and be able to communicate with the European tourists.. It is a well-done and artistic. The explicit nudity was unexpected and can be shocking; although, mostly tastefully done.. There are no apologies for what just is... I wish there was a little less explicit nudity, esp. for the documentary..

voisjoe1 Mar 23, 2014

Austrian film director, Ulrich Seidl, proposed to make a film about the human quest for paradise and his original plan was to do it by telling the story of three individuals. He ended up with over 5 hours of proposed film and somehow convinced his financiers too allow him to split the film into three separate films. This first story shows the story of an overweight, over middle-age Austrian woman that takes a long vacation in a beach town in Kenya. This is an adult film and it shows the various aspects of sex in human society – love, romance, exploitation, discovery, pleasure, humor, disappointment, jealousy, and whatever else you can connect with sex. It is without a doubt, the most explicitly sexual film that I have ever seen that deals with serious human themes.

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voisjoe1 Mar 23, 2014

voisjoe1 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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ilovewhippets
Mar 31, 2014

Sexual Content: Explicit nudity and some sex acts..

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