Paradise: Faith (Paradies: Glaube) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Paradise: Faith (Paradies: Glaube)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    18 (UK): Contains strong real sex.

  • The pitch:

    The burden of the cross.

  • Starring:

    Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh, Natalija Baranova, René Rupnik, Trude Masur, Dieter Masur, Michaela Hurdes-Galli, Martina Spitzer

  • Directed by:

    Ulrich Seidl

  • Running time:

    109 minutes

  • Rated:

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


    People are slapped, hit, wrestled, hair-pulled. Self-harm (flagellation, cilice), aggressive behaviour. Arguing, raised voices, screaming. Death, sacrifice mentioned. Blood/gore: Red welts on back. Wound-cleaning.


    Orgy (real intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, fondling). A woman has sex with an object (licking, masturbation). Groping, nipple-pinching. Male and female genitals seen. Exposed breasts, women in underwear, man in underwear, shirtless men, bathing, cleavage. Sexual obsession, intercourse, adultery, lust, birth control, promiscuity mentioned.


    Alcohol (beer, spirits), intoxication. Smoking.


    F-words, s-word. Name-calling, derogatory terms for women, misogyny. Heavy religious references and exclamations. Religious, immigrant, cultural, marriage, gender stereotypes.


    Religious fanaticism, extremism, faith, prayer, preaching, theology, sacrifice, radiology, obsession, marriage, alcoholism, hypocrisy, loneliness, punishment.


    Deceased wife, deceased mother, divorce mentioned. Medical procedures: body scans, MRI, X-rays seen, mammograms. Cat, lightning, thunder, toilet. Spitting. German language (subtitles) and some Arabic (no subtitles). Part 2 in Seidl's Paradise trilogy. Original title is Paradies: Glaube.


    Confrontational, abrasive, unscripted, tender, surprising, non-judgemental, rigorous, disturbing, captivating, discomfiting, bleak, potent. Fearless performances, stark style, disarmingly comic, memorable moments, morally ambiguous, little back-story provided.


    Repetitive, shallow. Many of Seidl's ideas have been examined previously in his earlier film, Jesus, You Know.

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