Paradis. Love. Ulrich Siedl

Paradis : Love (Amour) part one of a trilogy directed by Austrian Director Ulrich Siedl, in cooperation with various austrian and german actors and film-makers. The film is a dark and insidious expose of european and african interaction via tourism. Sex based tourism. The film is stark, bare and direct in terms of delivery and narration : the actors seeming absolutely normal, everyday life and people. Replete of drama and the usual trappings of shock and awe, the movie clearly stands apart, and perhaps is really a brutal piece of honesty on film. Especially in an age of ludicrous fantasy and macabre unreality. Operating at various levels of an existing and disturbing social order, the film exposes and reveals the crude and inhuman nature of tourism and racism. Where the dire-disparate ways of the third world collides with the hard currency coated white trash of the first world. The internalized and deep rooted frustrations of a well-fed, well kept, austrian society impinges and willfully exploits the conditions of vicious poverty, malice and decrepitude of men in Kenya. A betwixt and sordid play of vagrant jobless black-love-studs and racist, love-less, middle class white european women. They fool each other, fuck, cheat, pretend and yet eventually remain totally segregated and sad. Brilliant, sad and in parts utterly cruel, the movie is perhaps too hard on the average mind as a reflection of human interaction and desires. All bound into one very sordid holiday story, titled Love. Ulrich Seidl is perhaps one of the most vital film makers of Europe as of now. This is beyond Dogma. 




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