VENICE — The Venice Film Festival competition entry Paradise: Faith by Austrian director Ulrich Seidl caused an uproar in the Italian media after it premiered Thursday at the Lido. The film — the second in a trilogy that started with Paradise: Love, which premiered in Competition at Cannes in May and told the story of a female sex tourist in Africa — is an exploration of religion and oppression.
Austrian actress Maria Hofstatter plays Anna-Maria, an obsessively devoted Catholic who is unhappily married to a handicapped Muslim and, at one point, masturbates using a cross.
Isn’t there any better way for a female to masturbate herself than using an iron or a wooden object? Wouldn’t be more practical using, for example… hmmmm… a finger?! Why not a dildo? Perhaps a cross shaped dildo for a catholic woman would be more suitable, wouldn’t it?
There is no excuse for a nasty taste and for the contemporary adoration of the ugly. There is no excuse for modern ethical and creativity decadence. Creativity without a strong critical sense is irrationality.