Paradise: Love (Paradies: Liebe) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Paradise: Love (Paradies: Liebe)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    18 (UK): Contains strong sex and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Love at tourist prices.

  • Starring:

    Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Gabriel Nguma Mwaruwa, Josphat Hamisi, Dunja Sowinetz, Helen Brugat, Carlos Mukutani

  • Directed by:

    Ulrich Seidl

  • Running time:

    120 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 18 (UK), NR (USA)


    A man is hit, slapped, hair-pulled. A slingshot is fired at monkeys. Yelling, screaming. Racially and sexually exploitative behaviour.


    A woman is intimate with several men. A man gropes a woman while she protests. A couple shower together. Strip-tease. A woman rubs her face in a man's genitalia. Styling/removal of pubic hair discussed. Groping, flirting, fondling, caressing, kissing, undressing, foreplay, provocative dancing, spanking. Infidelity, sex acts, masturbation, dry-humping. A group of half-naked women romp with a nude man. Nudity: Full-frontal nudity (male and female). People in underwear. Swimwear, beachwear, shirtless men, cleavage.


    Alcohol (spirits, cocktails, palm wine, beer, champagne). Smoking. A couple share a marijuana joint.


    S-words, a-words, p*ss, bastard. Slang for genitalia. Cultural, gender, ethnic, racial, weight, age stereotypes. Sexual innuendo and banter.


    Tourism, promiscuity, beach holidays, Kenya, beach-sellers, harrassment, sugar mamas, body image, village life, tourist scams, male prostitution, single parenting, exploitation, degradation, subservience, cultural ignorance, racism.


    Abandoned wife and baby, hospitalised daughter, sick father, brother in motorbike accident, joblessness mentioned. Monkeys, chickens, camel, birds, cows, crocodiles. Sunburn, toilet, open fire. Body image, liposuction, divorce mentioned. German language (subtitled), Swahili (no subs). Original title is Paradies: Liebe.


    Provocative, disturbing, challenging, complex, engaging, important, excruciating, unflinching, original. Stunning performance from Margarethe Tiesel.


    Disconcerting, uncomfortable, unrelenting. Excessive running time.

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