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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.


J.J. Alani


J.J. Alani
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Credited cast:
Spencer Grammer ... Rachel
Ryan Guzman ... Sebastian
Francia Raisa ... Shahrzad
Daphne Zuniga ... Elana
Yareli Arizmendi ... Parissa
Mel Fair ... Dr. Richards
Misha Crosby ... Ray
Ali Olomi ... Faraz (Tehran flashback)
Max Amini ... Sean
Christopher Maleki ... Hosain (Tehran flashback)
Kira Soltanovich ... Kira
Rome Shadanloo Rome Shadanloo ... Zara (Tehran flashback)
Jarrod Crawford ... 1st Immigration Officer
Jennifer Nash ... Sebastian's mother (off screen) (voice)
Rana Mansour Rana Mansour ... Persian singing voice of Shahrzad (off screen)


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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Sebastian: "In your eyes I see the heavens. In the heavens I see your eyes."
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Touching story, great play
4 January 2016 | by shidashSee all my reviews

I watched it with my 20 years old daughter, and we both loved it very much. it's very romantic, touching story line, and great act by Ryan, Francia and Max. loved the poems and songs in the movie. Francia played as a Persian girl, and she did great. Ryan did a fantastic romantic act. RUMI poems were picked very well for this movie, and beautiful voice singing them. it brought up the women issues in Iran, which touched me a lot. I liked the original dialogue. the film is original, pointing to issues in the world such as tortures, forced immigration, forced marriage and relationships.

great movie to watch.

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