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This review is from: Paradise Boxset [DVD] (DVD)
These are wonderful films which have to be watched to appreciate (this is not as dumb a comment as it seems). There's something repellent about the subject matter of all three films. All I can say is, yes, there are some unpleasant scenes and concepts going on. One sees in different aspects the misery of the human condition as well as insights into desire, hypocrisy and power relationships.
It is very cleverly done that one's moral compass gets a bit confused at times as to who is in the right and wrong. Bad behaviours are shown but without you necessarily hating the characters doing the bad things. This is quite difficult to achieve. Hard to believe but there are also comic moments in all three films.
All three films are strong but the best for me was the at times surreal Paradies Glaube (Faith).
Austrian film tends to the darker, one might say, honest - often painfully so. Certainly watching 'Faith' one can hardly avoid being aware that this is the land that gave birth to Freud and the idea that orderly bourgeois society hides a lot of impulses that are repressed. Paradies Liebe (Love) is both incredibly honest and painful to watch. Similarly by the end one cannot hate the protagonist inspite of the things they have done in order to seek salvation/happiness (or put otherwise, Paradise in one form or another). Either way, compelling viewing.