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Haunted by a tragic past, a stunning music student Shahrzad flees her homeland and ends up in an estranged marriage in Los Angeles, where her piano teacher's lover (Ryan Guzman) sparks a passion in her that threatens to destroy everything.

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Destiny weaves a love triangle: Shahrzad (Francia Raisa), a stunning music student, her husband Sean (Max Amini), a rising stand-up comedian, and Sebastian (Ryan Guzman), a poetic Spanish-American gardener. Caught in the middle is Shahrzad's piano teacher, Elana (Daphne Zuniga), a former screen femme fatale, who is having her own furtive affair with Sebastian. Soon Sebastian falls in love with Shahrzad. Shahrzad discovers her semi 'arranged' marriage with Sean is doomed. Unexpectedly, a friendship flourishes between Shahrzad (Muslim) and her piano teacher Elana (Jewish), nourished by their passion for classical music, especially Tchaikovsky's. It grows stronger when they learn of each other's secret tragedies. Shahrzad attracts the attention of two women, Elana and Parisa, her mother-in-law. Simultaneously, Shahrzad becomes the object of desire for three men: Sebastian, Sean, and Ray (Misha Crosby), the loner, young brother-in-law. Infusing the young lovers' secret romance are Rumi's ... Written by Zoya Skya

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Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor
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Parissa: [to 'Sebastian' Ryan Guzman throwing his Kite into Shahrzad's garden] Be careful with your kite. Next time the cat might eat it!
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Highly Recommend Watching This Beautiful Movie
26 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is perfect. I loved that there were many important topics touched upon and it wasn't only focused on the romantic love story. It was very well written, directed, filmed, edited, and the cast was perfection. I believe Francia Raisa played the role really well, I felt every emotion she was feeling and that to me is powerful acting. She created a perfect passionate match for a love story with Ryan Guzman. Their on screen chemistry was amazing. I enjoyed the way the music and poetry was incorporated into the film as well. Very creative. Not many films draw me in emotionally, but this movie definitely did just that. I HIGHLY recommend watching it.


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