A quiet film that can easily be discarded as just a romance with two good looking young film stars (Ryan Guzman and Francia Raisa),but it touches on many social issues, such as surviving breast cancer, cultural differences, women's rights and violence against women. What makes this film unique is it's ability to combine classic poetry (Rumi and Lorca) with classical music (Tchaikovsky, Iranian music)weaving the story through its journey. Also note worthy are the other actors: Daphne Zuniga, Misha Crosby, Maz Amini and Yareli Arizmendi. This isn't a film you want to put on in the back ground while doing laundry. Watch it for its many subtleties.
Drama / Romance
Drama / Romance
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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 ecstatic poems and Lorca's mysterious poetry that drive Sebastian in pursuit of Shahrzad, inflaming a passion that threatens to destroy everything.
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A Romance of a different kind...
Beautiful original story
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.
Highly recommended: sophisticated, enjoyable, and educational
One of the most overall pleasing and gratifying movies I've seen, Beyond Paradise wins on all levels--emotional, spiritual, and intellectual.
A movie that gives you new perspectives about life, relationships, love, and interpersonal connections that define us. Of course the primary reason it succeeds is great directorship by J.J. Alani, and excellent acting by Ryan Guzman and Francia Raisa. This film served as a great entertainment with its colorful cast and numerous plot twists. Beyond paradise is exciting, creative, amusing, and well worth your time.
I will highly recommend this movie since it is both entertaining and educational. Brilliant movie.