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About the Movie
Haunted by a tragic past, a talented and gifted singer Shahrzad flees Iran and winds up in an arranged marriage in Los Angeles. She befriends her piano teacher Elana, as they bond over Tchaikovsky's music. But that's not the only thing they share in common… Shahrzad falls for the gardener Sebastian, Elana's lover. Inflamed by the poems of Rumi and Lorca, Shahrzad's secret romance threatens to destroy her new life.
A beautiful original love story
A beautiful original love story starring Ryan Guzman, not as an action hero but a poetic lover. Its many romantic moments remind me of Ryan Gosling's film BLUE VALENTINE and other great love films I watched when was living in Europe. Engaging BEYOND PARADISE is full of unexpected moments, and the dialogue is fresh & very well written. Plus RUMI & LORCA's love poems. And the music score contains beautiful classical music (Tchaikovsky) and Eastern music.
I recommend the film as it also deals with very deep current women issues which will touch everyone.
A poetic romantic drama spiced with current issues
This film has a European approach to story. It's quiet and steady moving and no Hollywood action to spoil it. Mixing cultures from Iran and Spain via using famous poets such as Rumi and Lorca and their countries traditional music, and also adding some classical music from Tchaikovsky. However, this film also provides a window to what many social issues actually look like from the perspective of an individual. The gamut is covered here: breast cancer, suicide, mental illness, women's rights in Iran (or lack there of) violence against women, arranged marriage, adultery, the political unrest in Iran, losing parents at a young age and dealing with culture shock when immersed in a foreign land. It may seem to much for one film but the film's light way of story telling makes it palpable and not overwhelming. It's heavy on the poetry and romance but I found it a nice change from the standard fare of "romance" movies out there. The performances of Daphne Zuniga and Misha Crosby were my favorite but everyone did a good job! I would recommend it to any literature and music aficionados out there!
beautiful love story
It was a very moving and sweet love story. Fabulous director and love the talents specially Ryan Guzman. Very well done…Very touching story a must watch.