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With Andres Alameida, Daniela Rincon, Camila Selser, Beatriz Moreno, Jose Sefami

Childhood sweethearts Carmen and Alfredo live a life of quiet bliss in Satélite, a sleepy suburb outside of Mexico City. When Alfredo is offered a promotion, the lovebirds make the move into the bustling metropolis.

It’s a rude awakening for Carmen, who until now has not really worried about the fact that she and Alfredo are both overweight.

After overhearing gossip about their bodies at a company party, she decides that it is time to swap donuts for salads, and urges Alfredo to join her in a weight-loss program. But when only one of them actually starts to slim down, a rift emerges in their relationship.

Portrayed with undeniable charm by newcomer Daniela Rincon and well-known Andres Alameida, Paradise touches upon issues of body image, self-confidence and happiness with candor and humor. The film is executive-produced by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal.

About the Director
Mariana Chenillo has won the award for Best Director at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival. Her most recent film, Paraíso (Paradise) was screened at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, as well as San Sebastian, Morelia, and Rio de Janeiro among others.

Press

“Mexican Filmmaker Mariana Chenillo charts the tricky evolution of enduring love with offbeat grace and charm in her new film, Paraíso. Exploring the deeply-held compulsions that we all have, and which oddly enough, can actually breed affection among those who love us most, she cheerfully sidesteps many of the modern romantic comedy’s most tiresome clichés with a recipe that includes one dash of Almodovar, a sprig of Mike White, and a generous helping of her own quirky romantic style.” – Brad Liberti, Screen Picks

Paraíso’s arrival marks a revival in Mexican comedy. It is a film that doesn’t treat the audience as dumb or conformist. Moving beyond the issue of obesity, we can all identify with the characters as people trying to follow standards of “happiness” imposed by trends or advertising.” – Blanco Samperio, Cultura Colectiva

Notes on Film

Based on a short story written by Julieta Arévalo, Paraíso is a film about change. It is about the fear we feel when our life changes causing things to slip out of our control.

Throughout her journey, Carmen will have to understand that sometimes it is not only us who change, but also our surroundings and those close to us. And although this might generate in her a lot of fear, it also gives her the courage to ask herself, for the first time, what she really wants out of life.

For me, the two pillars that sustain the story are love and life’s own irony. Love as the only real and tangible thing that exists. And life’s irony as the moment when we realize that situations in our own lives that, while not immediately funny because they embarrass us and they expose us, when they are revisited and retold start to have another meaning and function. It is something that allows us to take a step back and look at ourselves from the outside and understand the journey we are on and why we are going down that path.