Paradise

Paradise

Hope

DVD - 2013 | German
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Thirteen-year-old Melanie is sent to a camp for overweight teenagers, where she falls in love with the doctor who is 40 years her senior.
Publisher: [Culver City, Calif.] : Strand Releasing Home Video, [2013]
Branch Call Number: FIC Parad
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Hope [DVD]

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paulagrove
Jan 10, 2017

This movie certainly was interesting.
I found the acting quite brilliant so I did some research and discovered that while there was a storyline, the script was improvised by the actors.
Visually a work of art.
If you enjoy foreign films, arthouse movies, etc. you will enjoy this one.

As a previous reviewer noted, this movie is not intended for kids to watch.

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Nursebob
Jan 08, 2016

Writer/director Ulrich Seidl caps his trilogy of unhappy women looking for connection by coming full circle. Gone are the exploitations of "Paradise: Love" and sad blasphemies of "Paradise: Faith", replaced instead by a surprisingly restrained look at the wounds inflicted by first love. Refreshingly devoid of lurid voyeurism and “fat kid” gags—these young people are made of sturdier stuff than that—Seidl's penchant for cool observation is softened by a real compassion for his characters. “Bee Who You Wanna Bee!” states Melanie’s whimsical t-shirt, to be replaced later by one featuring a sleeping kitten, and telling artwork features unobtainable mountain peaks or a frightened clown fish taking shelter in a bed of stinging anemones. Giggling exchanges with sexually adventurous campmate Verena call to mind the sweet naiveté of adolescence while a brief encounter in a local tavern reveals its more perilous side. Lastly, a creepy woodland rendezvous bypasses our pessimistic expectations and delivers up a scene of genuine, if very awkward, warmth instead. As with many Austrian films the acting is deliberately wooden at times and there is that pervasive sense of conformity as scene after scene depicts the kids herded and lined up like trained horses. Furthermore the downplayed ending may disappoint those hoping for tears and epiphanies (or something more prurient) but life doesn’t play out that way, a fact which Seidl is all too aware of.

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ms_mustard
Dec 29, 2014

the last in an award winning trilogy: Paradise Love (2012), Paradise Faith (2012) and Paradise Hope (2013) by Austrian writer and director Ulrich Seidl.
there are cross-over characters in each of these somewhat perverse but very interesting films.

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COURIER3
Mar 10, 2014

SOME OF THE STORY LINE WAS GOOD. DID NOT KNOW ABOUT SUB TITLES WHEN I ORDERED IT.
A CAMP FOR OVERWEIGHT KIDS.
KEEPS YOU GUESSING AT WHAT THE DOCTOR WILL DO WITH THE GIRL'S ADVANCES.

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debkc
Feb 06, 2014

As the mom of two girls, ages 12 and 14, I am so glad I previewed this movie. I WILL NOT be letting them watch it. The movie is disturbing for this age group on so many levels. Keeping in mind that the main character is a girl who is 13 years old, the film topics involve losing your virginity, sneaking out at night, stealing, smoking, going to a club, drinking until passed out, being filmed on a phone while someone is trying to have sex with her, playing spin the bottle, stripping, and a potential sexual relationship between said 13-year-old and a 40-something-year-old doctor. Although there was no actual nudity and no actual sex, I felt that the topics were inappropriate for kids of this age group.

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