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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min


Not so wild!


Tony, be careful.

You have to turn the steering wheel.

Turn it!

Turn the steering wheel!

Turn the wheel!

Turn it!

Be careful!

Okay, that's it.

Everybody out. It's over.

Please take your shoes off the bed.

Now! I don't get it. How can you put

dirty shoes on your bed?

What have you done so far?

What did we agree on? Our deal?

Clean your room.


Get out the things you want to take.

Put your cell away.

Look at me when I'm talking to you.

Why haven't you done it?

- I'll do it in a minute.

I don't get it.

Throwing clean clothes on the floor.

So, make one pile

with clean clothes, okay?

Then put everything you'll take here.

And what you're not taking there.

And your dirty clothes in the middle.

All right? And put your shoes away.

Dirty shoes! It's awful.

How many times do I have to tell you?

No candy in your room!

Did you buy the collar?

The tick collar for Rolli?


- No, you forgot. Okay. Thanks.

These go here.

And these go in here.

Close the gate.


- Hey there.

You've grown again!

What have you got with you there?

The litter box for the cat.

- You brought the cat?


- We'll leave the litter box out here.

Just leave it there. I don't want

the cat in the living room.

How about the garden?

- She'll run away.

Yeah, you're right.

- The flowers.

There's lots of room downstairs.

Let's have a look.


- Thank you.

I'll put them in water.

- Okay. Let's look for a spot.


- Did you see it?

Okay, Melli, bye bye.

- Bye bye.

Now you be good, okay?

If you don't talk back too much,

it'll be great, you'll see.



The next word you have to learn

is "hakuna matata".

"Hakuna matata" means "no problem".

Please say, "hakuna matata."

Hard to open.

It's beautiful.

- Yes.

It's so beautiful.



Climb up there.

You'll get something if you behave.

Do you like it?

- Incredible.

It smells so different.

The air seems different. It's so...

You feel different.

Don't you feel different?

I always feel that way here.

I'm dripping.

You have to smell their skin.

It's unforgettable.

Whose skin?

- The Negroes'.

It smells of coconut.

I could lick and bite them forever.

It's amazing. You'll see.

- You're impossible!

It's amazing.

- I wouldn't dare.

You'll get addicted. Addicted!

- It's that good?

They are nice. I met two,

but the problem is, they look alike.

I thought they were the same person.

They look the same.

- It's like that at first.


- You can tell by their size.

Their size.

- How tall they are?

If they're big or small.

- I see.

Mine's really big.

- He's big?



Yesterday he danced for me.

- Really?

Like a pro. A pro!

- He danced? Where?

To music. But it was so sexy.


Naked, you mean?

- Yeah, naked.

I taught him how to say "horny beast"

in German.

He repeated it. "Horny beast."

- You're unbelievable.

I can't take it. Are you crazy?

Just imagine him saying

"horny beast." - I can't do that.

What can't you do? It'll do you!

It'll do me?

You mean it just happens by itself?

It happens by itself.

- Really?


- It just happens.

It's all so foreign.

It's so foreign. The skin and...

- That's the thrill.

It's exotic.

Do you think I should shave

down below?


- No?

No way, not there. Please!

- Why not?

They like that we look different

from the women here.

They have tiny curls.

It's all frizzy,

while we have a bush.

My last guy wanted me to shave.

But I don't like doing it.

Don't do it.

You look like a naked baby.

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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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