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Paradise: Hope (15)


The critical consensus

The quality of the filmmaking (with cinematography team Ed Lachman and Wolfgang Thaler again doing stellar work) will come as no surprise, but the sensitivity and empathy with which Seidl explores the pangs of first love might catch many viewers off guard.

****(*)Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 30/07/2013

While sociologically justifiable, the dispassionate nature of Seidl’s observation is deliberately alienating, and the material ultimately feels overstretched; originally conceived as one single portmanteau film, the Paradise trilogy doesn’t have enough meat on its bones to justify four hours of anyone’s life.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 01/08/2013

There is a new humanity to Seidl's work; it could be his best film so far.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 01/08/2013

Completing a trilogy begun with Love and continued in Faith, this is the gentlest and most amenable of Ulrich Seidl's dramas of female sexuality.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 01/08/2013

Tying up his trilogy in style, Seidl's film unsettles and provokes with wit and composure.

****(*)Simon Crook, Empire Online.

A languid slow-burner that builds into a bleak portrait of a troubled teen.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 02/08/2013

Seidl’s usual withering view of humanity has mellowed enough to suggest that the worst doesn’t always have to happen and that his heroine isn’t doomed to follow in her mother’s footsteps – which, in the bleak world of these films, counts as a minor triumph.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 18/08/2013

Funny, awful, compassionate and surprising.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 22/08/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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