When you attend a festival like Sundance there is a good chance you’re going to walk out seeing something that is weird as hell and probably beautiful. That is very much the case of Alice Waddington’s directorial debut Paradise Hills which we got the chance to see back in January. The movie got picked for video on demand, digital, and a theatrical release and has released the first trailer.
We also get a detailed summary of the movie which doesn’t give away too much but does tell us a few things about the bonkers things about the plots.
On an isolated island, Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes up to find herself at Paradise Hills, a facility where high-class families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves. The facility is run by the mysterious Duchess (Milla Jovovich) where calibrated treatments including etiquette classes, vocal lessons, beauty treatments, gymnastics and restricted diets, revolve all physical and emotional shortcomings within two months. The outspoken Uma finds solace and friendship in other Paradise Hills residents — Chloe (Danielle McDonald), Yu (Awkwafina) and Mexican popstar Amarna (Eiza Gonzalez). Uma soon realizes that lurking behind all this beauty is a sinister secret. It’s a race against the clock as Uma and her friends try to escape Paradise Hills before it consumes them all.
This is an interesting little movie and absolutely worth checking out when it comes out on November 1st.