Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Idiosyncratic director Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days, Jesus, You Know) helmed this unique biographical study of an Austrian man named Sep Paur. A widower for over 12 months, Sep suddenly runs out of the frozen foods that his wife left behind just prior to her death. Forced to fend for himself for the first time in years, Sep begins screening potential candidates for a mate, but turns the women down one by one, reasoning that they are only interested in his money. He finally lands on a Czechoslovakian widow named Paula who appeals to him on many levels (and requires regular trips across the Austro-Czechoslovakian border for regular rendez-vous). For a time, everything seems perfect. Sep doesn't count, however, on Paula's straightforward rejection of him - which springs from her disinterest in marrying a man simply so that she can work as his maidservant and cook.