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On the beaches of Kenya, they‘re known as "Sugar Mamas:" European women who seek out African boys, selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter entering puberty, travels to this vacation paradise. She goes from one Beach Boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next, and finally she must recognize: on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.
A tour de force of meticulous cruelty, a comic melodrama that elicits laughter and empathy and then replaces those responses with squirming discomfort.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 04.25.2013
Repulsive and sublimely beautiful, arguably celebratory and damning of its characters, it's hideous and masterful all at once.Leslie Felperin, Variety, 05.18.2012
Ulrich Seidl's look at female sex tourism is compelling up to a point, and then just numbing.David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 05.18.2012
It might be the most lonesome film about a tropical vacation we've seen, and the greatest film ever made about the weird socioeconomics of tourism.Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, 04.23.2013