Paradise: Faith (Paradies: Glaube) Sunday, 22 September 2019

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, spirits), intoxication. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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