Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung) Monday, 19 August 2019

Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    15 (UK): Contains one use of very strong language and strong sex references.

  • The pitch:

    If you're happy and you know it, clap your fat.

  • Starring:

    Melanie Lenz, Joseph Lorenz, Verena Lehbauer, Johanna Schmid, Michael Thomas, Vivian Bartsch

  • Directed by:

    Ulrich Seidl

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A male attempts to force himself on a teen. Theft. Pillow fight, play fighting. A trainer pretends to whip children like animals. Blood/gore: Scratched knee, bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting, seduction, writhing. Packets of condoms. Skimpy clothing, teens in underwear, shirtless men, teens in swimwear, provocative dancing, undressing. Underage sex, virginity, kissing, oral sex, pubic hair discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, spirits), underage drinking, intoxication, bar setting. Smoking (incl teen smoking).

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, s-words, a-word. Slang for bodily functions. Name-calling. Slang for sex acts. Religious reference and exclamations. Teen, obesity stereotypes. Sexism, fat jokes.

  • THEMES:

    Weight loss, diet camp, overeating, obesity, discipline, exercise, training, nutrition, inappropriate relationships, first love, adolescence, loneliness, peers, snacking, punishment, food, rejection, father figures, teen crushes, Spin The Bottle.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Divorced parents, estranged fathers mentioned. Medical examination. Dragonflies, thunder. Bare feet (soles). Rabies mentioned. German language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Tremendous, candid, tender, warm, provoking, unsettling, witty, composed, top-notch, revealing, engaging, non-judgemental, droll, gentle, affectionate, hopeful, stark, uncomfortable, dark. Terrific performance from Melanie Linz, flashes of absurdist humour, coolly observed, static camerawork, soft-grained cinematography, minimalist scripting.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Clinical, lurid, blunt. Best watched after the first two films in the trilogy in order to truly appreciate its themes.

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