Kicking off what looks to be a high-profile festival run with competition berths in San Sebastian and Torontos Platform program, Mademoiselle Paradis should have little trouble securing distribution in multiple European regions its profile assisted by the rising star of Romanian leading lady Maria-Victoria Dragus, who doubles down on the strong impressions she made in Cristian Mungius Graduation and Michael Hanekes The White Ribbon.
( ) a brilliant production designer in Katharina Wöppermann, whose hyper-ornate furnishings and finishes here evoke the false, stifling politesse of Rococo Vienna.
( ) Thats a lot of personal and symbolic strain to place on a single character, but Dragus superb performance can carry it.
Dragus conveys the sense of a woman genuinely overwhelmed by her own senses.
Guy Lodge, Variety
An exquisitely crafted period drama.
Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
Mademoiselle Paradis is a dark period drama, elegantly depicted through Christine A Maiers cinematography, and set in the culturally vibrant Habsburgian era.
Resi, mesmerisingly portrayed by rising star Dragus, is a true pioneer of her generation, in an open-minded but still excessively austere artistic society.
Mademoiselle Paradis is not a movie that talks about the past, because just like Resi, there are still women today who are forced to choose between a depressing but secure darkness, and a frightening but awfully revealing light.
Vassilis Economu, Cineuropa
Mademoiselle Paradis, brillante reflexión sobre el compromiso personal del artista, y lo habitual de esta edición, otra inspirada interpretación femeninaEn la 65º festival de San Sebastián, y a la mitad de la sección oficial, ya no basta presentar una buena película (como es el caso) sino que, dada la extraordinaria calidad de programación, para sobresalir tiene que ser extraordinaria o rozar la obra maestra.
Carlos Loureda, fotogramas