A religious experience – an erotic experience? Reflections on the movie „Paradise: Faith” by Ulrich Seidl Cover Image
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Przeżycie religijne – przeżycie erotyczne? Refleksje nad filmem „Raj: Wiara” Ulricha Seidla
A religious experience – an erotic experience? Reflections on the movie „Paradise: Faith” by Ulrich Seidl

Author(s): Daria Mazur
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Culture and social structure , Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: religious experience; erotic experience; Christian virtues; pride; bigotry; the camouflage mechanism
Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt of an analysis and interpretation of the second part of the movie trilogy by Ulrich Seidl. Its author tries to outreach the popular conception, according to which the movie presents a caricature vision of being religious and mocks bigotry. Referring to the theory created by S. Freud, E. Fromm and W. James, the author puts forth and justifies a thesis: The movie „Paradise: Faith”, thanks to the strategy applied by the producer that is based on creating appearances, simulation, and covering the actual meanings, is an attempt to show the postmodern condition of a human being – conditioned by the lack of a spiritual life, religious burnout, but at the same time the craving for it and existential loneliness. They are shown in the movie through two layers of images that create the camouflage mechanism: the pseudo‑ritual behavior of the main character as well as the visions of her erotic practices.

  • Page Range: 113-124
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish