Esther, a young woman praised for her virtue and devotion, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. When her fundamentalist Christian sect falls on hard times, Esther finds employment at a local health food store to supplement the group’s income. At the store, Esther gets a chance to share her faith with her new manager, Gabriel, a devout skeptic and preacher’s kid.
The friendship with Gabriel helps Esther determine her human worth while helping to reframe her faith in a whole new light. Paradise Recovered attempts a modern-day retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan while addressing hard questions involving faith, tolerance and spiritual abuse in modern culture.
April 24, 2012
"One of the true gems of the 2010 Heartland Film Festival)
- The Independent Critic
"An interesting, enjoyable film fit for the whole family"
- Marilyn Ferdinand (Ferdy on Films)
“Instead of a critique of organized religion, Paradise Recovered offers an intelligent and sensitive look at a young woman and her spiritual journey”
"(2010 Austin Film Festival) Top Five Films to See: Blue Valentine, The Company Men, Paradise Recovered, 127 Hours and Black Swan"
- The Daily Texan
“Filled with light comedic touches and never condescending, Paradise Recovered manages to question the spiritually abusive aspects of Esther’s path without ever attaching her genuine, deeply felt faith”
- Talking Pictures Film Festival