Set during WWII, this stunningly-shot feature, Russia’s submission for the 2017 Foreign Language Academy Award, looks at the Holocaust from the perspective of three characters – Olga, Jules and Helmut – whose paths cross amidst the devastation of war.
Paradise tells the story of three individuals and the fateful decisions they make, forced by a totality of conviction. Olga (Julia Vysotskaya) is a beautiful Russian aristocratic emigre and member of the French Resistance; Jules (Philippe Duquesne) is a French-nazi collaborator who is assigned to investigate her case; and Helmut (Christian Clauss) is a high-ranking, yet na.ve German SS officer who once fell madly in love with Olga and meets her again when she is shipped to a concentration camp. While they recount their stories, the film flashes back to the end of World War II and the days when their destinies crossed.
About the film
- Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
- 2016/Russia, Germany/132 minutes
- Drama, Holocaust, Resistance
- Russian, German, French and Yiddish with English Subtitles
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