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Beyond Paradise (2018)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 5 January 2018 (USA)
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Haunted by a tragic past, Shahrzad, a stunning music student, flees her homeland and ends up in an estranged marriage in Los Angeles, where her piano teacher's lover sparks a passion in her that threatens to destroy everything.

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J.J. Alani

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J.J. Alani
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Credited cast:
Daphne Zuniga ... Elana
Spencer Grammer ... Rachel
Ryan Guzman ... Sebastian
Francia Raisa ... Shahrzad
Yareli Arizmendi ... Parissa
Misha Crosby ... Ray
Christopher Maleki ... Hosain (Tehran flashback)
Mel Fair ... Dr. Richards
Kira Soltanovich ... Kira
Ali Olomi ... Faraz (Tehran flashback)
Max Amini ... Sean
Dennis Nicomede Dennis Nicomede ... Music Executive
Jarrod Crawford ... 1st Immigration Officer
Rome Shadanloo Rome Shadanloo ... Zara (Tehran flashback)
Jennifer Nash ... Sebastian's mother (off screen) (voice)
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Destiny weaves a love triangle: Shahrzad (Francia Raisa), a ravishing 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 convenience 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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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Shahrzad: Translating poetry is like kissing behind a glass window.
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Endearing love and tolerance story
31 January 2016 | by hbyahyaSee all my reviews

It is an opening into the how love is perceived as a consequential emotion by many people through many cultures, rather than being acted upon with the presumed support of the family and community. MIsha Crosby as Ray brought such a dimension of realism to the plot, truly a fantastic performance. I believe the characters have interacted with each other in believable ways. It was also very refreshing to watch Max Amini's character, who plays a comedian, play through this film experiencing serious life and marital dilemmas, rather than hype up his comedic career and force a constant "funny man" character. Through the film, Rumi poems and implications are placed organically and help the viewer to sympathize with Shahrzad and her struggle coping between unrequited love and searing pains from the past.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birds of Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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2.40:1
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