© Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion
On the beaches of Kenya they're known as Sugar Mamas - European women who seek out African beach boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter entering puberty, travels to this vacation paradise as a sex tourist in search of love. She goes from one beach boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next. On the beaches of Kenya love is a business. PARADISE: Love tells, not without humor, of sex tourism, older women and young men, the market value of sexuality, the power of skin color, Europe and Africa, and of the exploited, who have no choice but to exploit others. Ulrich Seidl‘s film is the opener of a trilogy about three women in one family who take separate vacations: one as a sex tourist, another as a Catholic missionary (PARADISE: Faith) and the third at a diet camp for teenagers (PARADISE: Hope). Three women, three stories of desire that premiered one after the other at the three biggest A-festivals in the world: Cannes, Venice and Berlin.