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Paradise Recovered (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | October 2010 (USA)
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A devout young woman learns about faith, living, and love from a surprising source.


Storme Wood


Andie Redwine
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Wallis Heather Wallis ... Esther (as Heather Del Rio)
Dane Hurlburt ... Gabriel (as Dane Seth Hurlburt)
Oliver Luke Oliver Luke ... Mark
Andrew Sensenig ... David Sawyer
Austin Chittim Austin Chittim ... Phillip Sawyer
Wendy Zavaleta ... Mrs. Sawyer
Richard Dillard Richard Dillard ... Warren F. Vanderbilt
Jim Aabear Jim Aabear ... Richard
Marina Seitsinger ... Susan
Leah Kirts Leah Kirts ... Bridget
Anna Valerie Becker Anna Valerie Becker ... Sophie
Sarah Ivey-Lucas Sarah Ivey-Lucas ... Woman in Store
Craig Dalton Craig Dalton ... Bar Dude 1
Scott Drichel Scott Drichel ... Bar Dude 2
Trenadee Lafferty Trenadee Lafferty ... Stylist


Esther Harris, a young woman praised for her virtue and devotion to Warren F. Vanderbilt's Prophetic Watchman Ministries, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime - to attend Vanderbilt's Kingdom Bible College and to marry Phillip Sawyer, the son of a minister and a Kingdom student being groomed for the ministry. When the fundamentalist Christian sect falls on hard times, Esther looks for employment at a local health food store to supplement the group's income. At the store, Esther gets a chance to share her faith with her new manager, Gabriel, a devout skeptic and preacher's kid, and his roommate, Mark, a college drop-out who finds Christian television to be great entertainment. Shot entirely on location in Southern Indiana and Austin, Texas, Paradise Recovered attempts a modern-day retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan while addressing the important topics of faith, tolerance, and spiritual abuse in modern culture. Written by Andie Redwine

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It's about believing.




Not Rated


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Release Date:

October 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$115,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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By The Glass Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


Esther: Well, God's people don't go around hungover.
Phillip Sawyer: You really believe everything, don't you?
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Crazy Credits

One animal was saved during the making of this film. Little Blue "Wildcat" Garcia. See more »


Features The Giant Gila Monster (1959) See more »


C'est Magnifique
Written by P.J. Christie
Performed by P.J. Christie
Produced by Vess Ruhtenberg
Courtesy of Admiral Sound
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Grace-filled look into a tough issue
15 February 2012 | by becky-miscSee all my reviews

I had the privilege of seeing the Texas premier of this film. Paradise Recovered looks into the life of Esther, a woman who is a true believer in a very totalitarian religious cult. Bad things happen (I won't give away the plot twists) and Esther encounters real faith, relationships, freedom, and love.

The film is beautifully shot. The lighting, in particular, really caught my attention. In one scene, Esther walks up to a house in the morning and you can see the sun peeking through the trees. The light is not only a beautiful shot, but also a good metaphor. The costumes are spot-on. The dialog is strong in most scenes. Even the crowd scenes show finesse.

Overall, this was a beautiful view into a world that's not remotely beautiful. I'm glad to see an intelligent film tackling this tough issue in a grace-filled way.

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