Having a friend studying at the Film and Theater University means that I finally get to find out and see all the cool movies of the moment. And as I recently got a batch of brand new and very good movies, I started my journey into the European Cinematography with Paul Verhoeven’s latest movie, Elle.
Paradise: Hope is is Ulrich Seidl’s third movie from the trilogy Paradise, together with Love and Faith. Paradise: Hope tells the story of overweight 13-year-old Melanie and her first love, which happens to be her director of weight loss camp, a doctor at least 40 years older than her.
Stockholm won this year’s Transilvania Film Festival Competition so I saw it in the cinema a couple of months ago. Rodrigo Sorogoyen seems to have mainly directed TV Series so far and one movie in 2008 (8 Dates), but which seems to have remained known only in Spain (winning some national prizes there).
Stockholm on the other hand, won quite a lot of prizes since it was launched and participated in some of the important film festivals around the globe this year, but it seems that only the jury in Romania discovered the ‘something special’ in it and gave it the competition grand prize.
When Vol. II opens, Joe is now married to Jerome, and they have a baby son. Unfortunately, she has also lost all interest in sex, and has no more sexual sensation. He gives her permission to take other lovers in order to get her groove back. From here things evolve together with Joe’s sexuality which finds new ways all the time to be satisfied.