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


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


This movie was made in 2012 and every year gets updated to the present. It was not made in 2018. See more »


Shahrzad: [to 'Sebastian' Ryan Guzman after he saves her from the sea] Are we dreaming?
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Need to be seen, highly recommend
17 November 2015 | by dmitrysuetinSee all my reviews

I have not seen such a good well developed story in a while. The film is full of artistic moments: classical music ,poetry, good acting. I liked the cast,I saw that they delivered and brought to the screen a very powerful story. I was actually very impressed that this romantic love drama touched such a strong subject and talked about women rights. You don't really see much of important, urgent topics in romantic movies and this was amazing, that the director was able to combine all the elements in his movie, and touched the topic of violence against women. The movie is well made and need to be seen and shared among people . Highly recommend this poetic drama for everyone.

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