JJ Alani, the director of the 2007 romantic comedy David & Layla is back with a new film which was screened to critical applause at last year's 28th edition of the Cabourg Film Festival (see Photo Essay) .
BEYOND PARADISE (2015) directed by JJ Alani
October 20th Everywhere Digital HD Instant & On Demand in USA + Canada
Starring Ryan Guzman, Daphne Zuniga, Max Amini, Spencer Grammer |
Haunted by a tragic past, a stunning music student flees her homeland and ends up in an estranged marriage in Los Angeles, where her piano teacher's lover (Ryan Guzman) sparks a passion in her that threatens to destroy everything.
Destiny weaves a love triangle: Shahrzad (Francia Raisa), a stunning 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 semi 'arranged' 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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