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