Paradise: Love

In Kenya, "sugar mamas” are European women who lie on the beach scoping out the young African men; the ladies buy a little loving and the guys make a little living.

Paradies: Liebe
Austria, Germany, France 2012
  • Czech
117 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Director Ulrich Seidl once again embraces both his documentary filmmaking past and his obsessive desire to probe human intimacy. Where another filmmaker would say, "Cut,” Seidl leaves the camera rolling as a witness to all the fears, awkwardness, and uncertainties that people often sequester beneath a protective barrier. Fifty-year-old divorcee Teresa heads to Africa as a sex tourist. She quickly befriends an experienced German woman, a permanent client of the luxurious resort, who willingly acquaints Teresa with the unspoken rules of the mutually advantageous business. Paradise: Love is the first part of the director’s trilogy entitled Paradise – about three women, three vacations, and three stories focusing on the desire for happiness. The movie was presented in the competition at Cannes IFF.

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Director: Ulrich Seidl
Screenplay: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cinematography: Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
Sound: Matz Müller, Erik Mischijew
Editing: Christof Schertenleib
Production Design: Andreas Donhauser, Renate Martin
Producer: Ulrich Seidl, Philippe Bober, Christine Ruppert
Co-production: Rémi Burah
Costumes: Tanja Hausner
Cast: Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz, Helen Brugat, Gabriel Mwarua
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.