margaret tiesi & peter kazungu

Actors Margarethe Tiesl, left and Peter Kazungu pose during a photo call for Paradise: Love at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 18, 2012

*(Via Yahoo News) – 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. It had its gala premiere Friday in Cannes, where it is one of 22 films competing for the Palme d’Or.

The movie stars Margarethe Tiesel as a 50-year-old Austrian whose search for love turns increasingly predatory. But the actress told journalists that she did not judge the character’s behavior. She said the movie examined female loneliness and the way “people who are exploited at home travel abroad and become exploiters in turn.”

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