Paradise: Love

Synopsis: On the beaches of Kenya they're known as "Sugar Mamas" -- European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter entering puberty, travels to this vacation paradise. She goes from one beach boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next and finally she must recognize: On the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ulrich Seidl
Production: Strand Releasing
  3 wins & 7 nominations.
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120 min

I don't shave.

My hair's falling out anyway.

But the few hairs

I do have, they love it.


- They love it.

I like the frizzy hair

they have on their head, you know?

My last boyfriend always told me

it looked gross.

But I don't mind it.

- Because he'd swallow it?

No, just the way it looks

under the armpits.

It doesn't bother me.

Why? It's natural.

It's natural and they like that here.

They like everything that's wild.

That's part of it. I wouldn't shave.

So I don't have to worry?

- No. The differences are interesting.

They accept you the way you are?

- That's what's so great, babe.

I don't worry about anything now.

I don't give a shit.

It feels so great. I can't tell you

the things I've given up for men.

This for that one, that for the next.

All so they'd find me attractive.

And now I please myself.

And they take me just as I am.


- Finally. Finally!

Here they come. There he is. Look!

- Where?

In the white vest.

This is my bed-time treat. Well?

- Super.

"Bed-time treat"?

- He doesn't speak German.

He has nice ears.

You'll have your own soon.

- I love his hands. They're so strong.

I bought him the motorbike.

- His muscles. His thighs!

He has great thighs.

He's a hunk, my baby is!

My baby.

- You bought him the motorbike?

I bought it. As an investment.

- Your own taxi.

I invested in him. It pays off.

We're gonna take off.

Have fun.

- See you later.

"Caribou!" Come here.

Here is Africa.

There Europe,

here Africa. Don't be afraid.

This is Africa.

Look, key rings and letter openers.

- Thank you. Thanks.


Chains. Souvenirs.

You buy for good price.

This is elephant.

A rhinoceros.

- Thanks, but no thanks.

Looking is free.

How long holiday? Many colors, see?

- Yes, very nice.

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Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Maria Seidl (born 24 November 1952 in Vienna) is an Austrian film director, writer and producer. In 2005 he was a member of the jury at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival.His film Dog Days was shot over three years during the hottest days of summer. Among other awards, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Venice in 2001. His 2012 film Paradise: Love competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The sequel Paradise: Faith won the Special Jury Prize at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. The final part of the trilogy, Paradise: Hope, premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.Seidl was scheduled to attend the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival, but cancelled his visit due to the political tension in the region. more…

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