Paradise: Faith Review

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Fortysomething Anna (Hofstätter), a self-excoriating aesthete with some odd sexual peccadillos, falls into conflict with her Muslim husband (Saleh).


A self-flagellating, crucifix-shagging (gulp) Austrian missionary finds her faith shaken by the return of her tyrannical Muslim husband. Part two of Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy is a stark, morally complex study of blind belief, lightened by black laughs and Seidl’s static, deadpan compositions.

Seidl’s trilogy of leaves the heat and moral torpor of Africa in Paradise: Love and heads for cooler but no less than bleak climes.