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A scene from Paradise:Love.

2.5 out of 4 stars

Title
Paradise: Love
Directed by
Ulrich Seidl
Starring
Margarethe Tiesel
Genre
Drama
Country
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

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