Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung) Tuesday, 02 June 2020

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)


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


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

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