Searching for Paradise (2002)





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Gilda (Susan May Pratt of Center Stage) is a confused young woman, obsessed with iconoclastic actor Michael De Santis (Chris Noth). She repeatedly watches a tape of De Santis being interviewed by an unctuous, James Lipton-type talk show host (played by legendary indie producer's rep John Pierson). After the death of Gilda's beloved Italian papa (Michele Placido), she learns, much to her dismay, that he had a longtime mistress back in Italy. Using the excuse of her grandfather's (Josef Sommer) upcoming birthday, Gilda travels to New York City, planning to find a way to get close to De Santis. Video camera in hand, Gilda explores the city and runs into Adam (Jeremy Davies), a geology student. Sparks fly until Gilda's newfound cynicism turns Adam off. She decides to pose as a reporter for an Italian newspaper, and arranges to interview De Santis. She takes a bus down to Virginia and goes to the set. Everything goes according to plan, but De Santis quickly sees through her ruse. Intrigued by his pretty, spirited young fan, De Santis invites Gilda back to his hotel room, where neither of them finds what they expected. Searching for Paradise, written and directed by Myra Paci, was developed at the Sundance Institute. The film was a minor hit on the festival circuit and was eventually picked up for home video distribution under the Sundance imprint.
R (adult situations/language)
Art House & International , Drama
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Susan May Pratt
as Gilda Mattei
Chris Noth
as Michael De Santis
John Pierson
as Jim Johnson
Michele Placido
as Giorgio Mattei
Laila Robins
as Barbara Mattei
Josef Sommer
as Carl Greenslate
Mary Louise Wilson
as Evelyn Greenslate
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Critic Reviews for Searching for Paradise

All Critics (4)

No pair of lips in recent screen memory recall such avid attention [as Susan May Pratt's].

Full Review… | December 30, 2003

The film has a sense of life lived and observed with care.

July 11, 2003

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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Full Review… | July 16, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Searching for Paradise

Personally conceived and resistant to simplified formulas, Myra Paci's debut feature, "Searching for Paradise" could have been vastly better than it actually is.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

How I loathe these artsy independent films, filled with pretentious garbage and overly subtle performances. It's watchable, but not in the least bit memorable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

It was a pretty good movie. Although I must admit, my only reason for renting it was because Chris Noth was in it. I probably never would have bothered if it wasn't for him. But it was an interesting movie. I wouldn't put it in my list of all time favorite films, but it also wasn't a waste of time to watch it. Chris Noth in this film would get a full 10/10 but the main character, the girl... she annoyed me a bit. She seemed to over-act in some parts. So that's why the movie is knocked down to a 7/10 rating. ;)

Vikki Marx
Vikki Marx

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