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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.

Director:

J.J. Alani

Writer:

J.J. Alani
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Credited cast:
Francia Raisa ... Shahrzad
Ryan Guzman ... Sebastian
Daphne Zuniga ... Elana
Spencer Grammer ... Rachel
Yareli Arizmendi ... Parissa
Misha Crosby ... Ray
Christopher Maleki ... Hosain (Tehran flashback)
Max Amini ... Sean
Mel Fair ... Dr. Richards
Ali Olomi ... Faraz (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)
Dennis Nicomede Dennis Nicomede ... Music Executive
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.40:1
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Shahrzad: [to 'Sebastian' Ryan Guzman after he saves her from the sea] Are we dreaming?
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Beautiful original story
17 November 2015 | by zoyaskyaSee all my reviews

​I really enjoyed watching this beautiful ​original​ ​love​ story​ starring Ryan Guzman. He did a great job playing poetic lover, usually I saw him as an action hero in films. There are many romantic moments in the movie, which remind me of ​great​ amour​ films I watched when was living in Europe. BEYOND PARADISE​ is full of unexpected moments​,​ and the dialogue is​ fresh and very well ​ written​.​ Plus the movie has RUMI & LORCA's love poems. Also the music score contains captivating classical music (Tchaikovsky) and Eastern music.​ ​ I recommend the film as it also ​deals with​ very deep ​current women issues​, which will touch everyone. I watched it on iTunes platform, which I usually use for watching the films, but it's available everywhere now.


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