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Paradise: Faith

Paradies: Glaube

Directed by Ulrich Seidl
Austria, Germany, 2012


For Anna Maria, paradise lies with Jesus, and she devotes her time to door-to-door missionary work. One day after years of absence, her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home—and soon prayers are replaced by fighting…

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Paradise: Faith Directed by Ulrich Seidl

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2012 | 3 wins including: Best Film in Competition (CinemAvvenire' Award)

European Film Awards

2013 | Winner: European Sound Designer



Faith ends where it began, abjectly, and without the same newfound note of ambivalent self-awareness that nonetheless survives the thwarted romantic fantasies of mother and daughter alike in Love and Hope. This may explain the poor reaction to the film by many critics in this country. Anna Maria makes for too fussy, too exhausting, too inhospitable a film; but the achievement and the point of a work like Seidl’s is that it doesn’t need epiphanies.
January 21, 2014
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These scenes enrich the depiction of the central character and save her from becoming a religious freak stereotype, while allowing Seidl to display his mastery of improvisation. One such scene includes Anna Maria visiting the cluttered apartment of an aging bachelor… While the scene provides a brilliant moment of subtle comic relief, the oddball’s faltering delivery of the Lord’s Prayer… presents a delicate and deeply humanist depiction of the moral questions at hand.
December 18, 2013
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Considering the revulsion with which Margarethe Tiesel was treated for sleeping with young Africans in “Love,” it’s a bit much to see a nighttime scene in which Anna Maria encounters an open-air park orgy and scurries home to do penance. Her dismay is filmed as both prurient and foolish, but that’s what happens when you’re in a Seidl movie.
August 23, 2013
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