Reiterating a suggestion I previously made... if you're a filmmaker/producer/distributor reading this, and your film is streaming on Netflix, please let me know. Netflix unfortunately doesn't have what I feel should be a more efficient search/sort method, and it can be quite a chore trying to find something worth watching. So, help me out if you can.
The same goes for non-filmmakers. If you stumble across any titles that you think should be featured in this weekly series, let me know!
But as usual... These aren't necessarily recommendations. Consider the list more of an FYI - films and TV shows we've talked about on this site, at one time or another, that are now streaming on Netflix, that you might want to check out for yourselves.
Without further ado, here is this week's list of 5:
1 - The first film in Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise franchise of films, Paradise: Love - the controversial drama set in Kenya that centers on a 50 year old white woman, sister of a missionary and a mother, who gets involved with a Kenyan "beach boy" as the director describes the character, until she realizes that, in short, this relationship of theirs is really just business; aka *sex tourism*.
Ulrich describes the woman as a "sugar mama" who's desperate to find love and acceptance, and at the behest of a friend, she goes on vacation to Kenya, where she hopes to find what she's missing, and hooks up with some young Kenyan stud who may or may not be really interested in her, and who may or may not be a hustler/male prostitute.
In a 2-for-1 deal, another film that tackles a similar subject, although set in Haiti not Kenya, is also streaming on Netflix - Laurent Cantet's 2005 film Heading South (or Vers le sud). So you can watch both, one, or neither. Your choice.
It's actually an idea/theme that's ripe for exploration on film, even though this won't be the first time, and presents lots of opportunities to dissect matters of race, class, globalization, and subjects that seem to have been rendered taboo.
Trailer (with English subtitles) for Paradise: Love below: