Explicit film 'Paradise: Love' on female sex tourists cheered in Cannes
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"This is about our society in the first place and asking why women like Teresa find themselves so lonely. They go to these places where they think they can get what they need-their desire for happiness, sexuality and tenderness," Seidl said.
"Women from the rich West exploit young African men. But it's also a business, and they (the men) get something for it," he said.
'Paradise' revisits ground covered in the trailblazing 2005 film 'Heading South' starring Charlotte Rampling and set in a Haitian resort but critics hailed a fresh approach to the rich subject matter.
Some critics hailed the work as a brilliant take on the commoditisation of the human body under modern capitalism but the Hollywood Reporter notably dismissed the Cannes competition entry as a "tawdry little film".