Paradise (2016)

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Genre: Drama
Duration: 131mins
Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
Cast: Yulia Vysotskaya, Christian Clauss, Philippe Duquesne, Victor Sukhorukov, Peter Kurth

French-Nazi collaborator Jules is assigned to investigate Olga’s case. Jules grows fond of her and offers to go light on her punishment in exchange for sexual favours. Although Olga agrees, and will do whatever it takes to avoid harsh persecution, her hope for freedom quickly fades when events take an unexpected turn. Shipped to a maximum brutality concentration camp, Olga is forced into a life of hell. To her surprise, she crosses paths with high-ranking German SS officer Helmut, who once fell madly in love with her. They embark on a twisted and destructive relationship. Helmut resolves to rescue Olga and offers her an escape that she no longer thought possible. Yet as the prospect of Nazi defeat looms, Olga’s notion of Paradise is irrevocably changed.  Konchalovsky’s multi-award-winning absorbing Holocaust drama is built on the unlikely juncture of grace and despair, horror and rapture.

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