Directed by Ulrich Seidl | Written by Ulrich Seidl and Veronika Franz
US release date: December 6, 2013
Directed by Ulrich Seidl | Written by Ulrich Seidl and Veronika Franz
With Melanie Lenz, Verena Lehbauer, Joseph Lorenz
92 min, drama, France, 2013

As Ulrich Seidl concludes his Paradise Trilogy with this third installment, he completes a portrait of modern familial femininity with perhaps his most universal work to date. Splitting the difference between Love’s yearning for a safely liberating sexual freedom and Faith’s emotional chaos, Paradise: Hope presents pubescent rebellion à la Seidl: with a simultaneous distance and intimacy befitting the film’s adventures in young love and experimentation. Overweight teen Melanie (daughter of Love‘s Teresa; niece of Faith‘s Anna Maria), sent to a dour fat camp consisting of sterile gymnasiums and bare-bones barracks, seems a typical 13-year-old: drinking, smoking, discovering her sexuality — but as she falls for her much older (and very creepy) physician, her erratic behavior crosses a line in the sand. The most playful and tender of the three films, Hope is a brilliant debut for its child star Melanie Lenz, and is a rewarding dose of Seidl’s wicked determination to find pathos in even the darkest of corners. 

Opens in the US:
- Los Angeles on December 6, 2013 at Cinefamily
This film may not be shown in all US cities, please check your local listings for exact showtimes and places.
US Distribution: Strand Releasing
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