- Paradise: Love
- Directed by
- Ulrich Seidl
- Margarethe Tiesel
- Austria / Germany / France
Ulrich Seidl's well-designed static camera style yields some memorable images, and his structured improvisation approach to drama is reliably disturbing. But this story – part of a proposed trilogy – about a middle-aged Austrian woman (Margarethe Tiesel) who goes to Kenya as a sex tourist grows progressively more grotesque to numbing effect. Seidl's repeated scenes of young Kenyan men trying to play up to middle-aged German women's grotesque racist fantasies makes an unpleasant point ad nauseam.
AT VIFF: Oct. 4, 1:15 p.m. Granville 7
AT TIFF: Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m., Yonge & Dundas