August 23, 2013
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Ulrich Seidl
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Starring: Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh
Copyright Holder: N/A
Ulrich Seidl explores what it means to carry the cross. For Anna Maria, a single woman in her 50s (and sister of "Paradise: Love's" Teresa), paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her summer vacation to doing missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue. On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. When her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home after years of absence, her life is turned upside down. "Faith" recounts the stations of the cross of a marriage and the longing for love. "Paradise: Faith" is the second film in the "Paradise" Trilogy about three women in one family who take separate vacations: one as a sex tourist ("Paradise: Love"), another as a Catholic missionary ("Paradise: Faith") and the third at a diet camp for teenagers ("Paradise: Hope"). Three films, three women, three stories of the longing to find happiness in contemporary society.