The third and final film in Ulrich Seidl’s “Paradise” trilogy navigates a narrow space between tenderness and cruelty.
A shallow film that leaves us knowing exactly what we’re seeing, and able to predict what the characters will say to each other in the mostly uninspired and overtly familiar dialogue.
It often seems more intent on spelling out its awareness of the politics involved than in lingering on the aching human engaged in the libidinal transactions.
Paradise: Faith the freshly anointed winner of a special jury prize at the 69th Venice International Film Festival Jury, where our conversation took place.
There are simply too many amazing films—thousands, really—that could occupy every slot on this list just as confidently as the ones that are here.