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Paradise: Love

Genre: Drama Director: Ulrich Seidl Cast: Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kuzungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz, Helen Brugat, Gabriel Nguma Mwarua, Carlos Mkutano Writers: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz Rating: R 18 Run Time: 120 min

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 50-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.

"Paradise: Love" tells not without humor of sex tourism, older women and young men, the market value of sexuality, the power of skin color, Europe and Africa, and the exploited, who have no choice but to exploit others. Ulrich Seidl's film is the opener in the Paradise Trilogy about three women in one family who take separate vacations: one as a sex tourist, another as a Catholic missionary (Paradise: Faith) and the third at a
diet camp for teenagers (Paradise: Hope). Three films, three women, three stories of the longing to find happiness today.

Official Competition, Cannes Film Festival

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