Cannes entry 'Paradise: Love' looks at sex tourism

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CANNES, France (Celebrity Hollywood) -- There's sun, sand and sex in Cannes Film Festival entry "Paradise: Love" - and they add up to a grim and unsettling holiday movie.

Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's film depicts middle-aged European women at a Kenyan holiday resort seeking romance with young local men.

Margarethe Tiesel plays a 50-year-old Austrian whose search for love turns increasingly predatory. But the actress says she does not judge her character's behavior. She says the movie is about female loneliness and how "people who are exploited at home travel abroad an&# 100; become exploiters in turn."

Seidl says the film is the first one in a "Paradise Trilogy" about modern tourism.

"Paradise: Love" had its premiere Friday in Cannes, where it is one of 22 films competing for the coveted Palme d'Or prize.


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