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Paradise: Faith (2012)

Paradies: Glaube (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 21 March 2013 (Germany)
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A single woman in her 50's devotes her vacations to doing Catholic missionary work in Vienna, descending into violent self-punishment as part of her faith.

Director:

Ulrich Seidl

Writers:

Ulrich Seidl (screenplay), Veronika Franz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Hofstätter Maria Hofstätter ... Anna Maria
Nabil Saleh Nabil Saleh ... Nabil
René Rupnik ... Herr Rupnik
Natalya Baranova Natalya Baranova ... Betrunkene Russin (as Natalija Baranova)
Trude Masur Trude Masur ... Ehepaar
Dieter Masur Dieter Masur ... Ehepaar
Michaela Hurdes-Galli Michaela Hurdes-Galli ... Frau mit Katze / Legio Herz Jesu
Gulcan Jafarova Gulcan Jafarova ... Familie
Sevinc Jafarova Sevinc Jafarova ... Familie
Rafael Asadov Rafael Asadov ... Familie
Miriam Asadov Miriam Asadov ... Familie
Jafaraw Rafail Jafaraw Rafail ... Familie
Kenan Rafail Kenan Rafail ... Familie
Martina Spitzer Martina Spitzer ... Legio Herz Jesu
Heinrich Herki Heinrich Herki ... Legio Herz Jesu
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Storyline

Anna Maria, a single woman in her 50s, devotes her summer vacation to doing missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue. On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. When her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home after years of absence, her life is turned upside down. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

Austria | Germany | France

Language:

German | Arabic

Release Date:

21 March 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradis: Tro See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$828, 13 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,959, 15 September 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Anna Maria: The mother of God has come to visit you today.
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poor, clichéd, ticked all boxes of a gritty art-house film
30 March 2013 | by berndporrSee all my reviews

We have a loser at the focus of the story and gets humiliated in a variety of different situations. These themselves were constructed to create the classical gritty art-house feel. It feels as if made my a film school graduate who got the assignment to create a collage of gritty situations related to faith. This resulted in a storyline which had no credibility. I'm surprised that this film has received awards at festivals. It was one of the most unoriginal films I've seen. This is not only related to the story but also to lighting and general feel. On a positive note the encounters she had with "real" people was well observed but were just three excellent short films. This film reminded me in many places of films made by Peter Mullen and British Social Realism which is repeated over and over again.


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