Indie Gems: Paradise: Hope

Paradies: Hoffnung

The 3rd part in Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy is Hope. This one follows Melanie (Melanie Lenz) a thirteen year old who is sent off to a weight loss camp and finds herself falling for her camp doctor, (Joseph Lorenz) who also seems to have some serious issues understanding his own feelings.

This film is morbidly fascinating. I always find movies where someone feels uncomfortable interesting for whatever reason, but I call this "morbid" because I wanted to sit down pick these character's brains and at the same time shake them and yell "what the fuck are you thinking?"

It's easy to see why a thirteen year old insecure girl would have a crush on an adult. Being a teenage girl is filled with a lot of weird emotions, but the doctor himself wasn't helping. What on Earth could possibly be going through this guy's mind? He should've shut that down immediately. The weird thing is, the film didn't even answer that question, but I wasn't upset about it. I was just happy things didn't go where I was afraid they would. 

I hope to see the reset of the Paradise trilogy, but for some reason Netflix took the other two off Instant stream and only left this one. 

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "Why don't you ever answer when I call?" - Melaine (Melanie Lenz)

14 comments:

  1. I haven't heard about this Paradise trilogy, but when I was reading this one I was a bit creeped out too, ahah. But good thing it wasn't a bad movie overall.

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    1. Yeah, in retrospect I'm kind of surprised I liked it so much. It had a fairly high rating on Netflix when I watched it.

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  2. It's easy to understand a teen having a crush on an adult, but the grown up in question has a responsibility to -- well -- be the adult. Great review! I love reading your honest reactions to movies.

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  3. This does sound morbidly fascinating. I've never heard of it before. Thanks for making me aware of it.

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    1. You're welcome! It's definitely interesting.

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  4. Yeah, I've never heard of the Paradise trilogy either, but I'm intrigued...

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    1. Yeah, it randomly popped up in my Netflix suggestions one day. It's interesting for sure.

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  5. This does sound interesting. I'll keep an eye out for it,b ut who knows what my Netflix is up to!

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  6. I really should watch these. I haven't seen any of the trilogy, but I'll watch the films in order when I finally get to them.

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    1. That's what I was planning to do until Netflix took the other two.

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  7. Nice write up!

    Seidl is an uncompromising filmmaker that is for sure and having watched the first film Paradise: Love, I can tell you that film will probably make you cringe more than this one did! ;-)

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    1. I just read another review on that one, and I'm getting that feeling too. lol. Thanks for reading!

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No seriously, post one. I need attention.