Called Paradies: Liebe, the German-language movie is in competition at the Cannes film festival and had its world premiere on Friday. The Austrian director chose as his subject white European women in their 50s who go on holiday in Kenya where they meet so-called "Beach Boys", young men who become their lovers.
The women, past their physical prime and disappointed by past relationships at home, seek sexual fulfillment and a sense of feeling loved.
The men, who have few job prospects other than selling trinkets on the beach, expect money or gifts in exchange, if not the promise of a better life in Europe.
The women dream of finding someone who accepts them as they are and their lovers dream of getting ahead. The clash of intentions allows the film to paint a bleak picture of people's ability to communicate....more
11:24 AM, May 19, 2012