Searching For Paradise

Searching For Paradise

Director: Myra Paci

Cast: Myra Paci, Susan May Pratt, Chris Noth, Jeremy Davies

     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Myra Paci's Searching for Paradise is an engaging, but ultimately unsatisfying, coming-of-age story. It's difficult for an American independent film to deal with this kind of overly familiar subject matter (an unusually pretty, but antisocial, rebellious, white girl hits the road and learns valuable life lessons) in a way that seems fresh. Paci has an appealing lead actress in Susan May Pratt, but Gilda is so irritatingly self-involved (she's constantly turning her video camera on herself) that it's hard to get emotionally involved in whether or not she achieves her goals. We're more likely to feel the way Adam (Jeremy Davies), a prospective boyfriend, does, and want to wash our hands of her. Chris Noth, who plays the object of Gilda's stalker-like obsession, a pretentious actor named Michael De Santis, brings some depth to the role, and his scenes with Pratt are the strong points of the film, because we're never quite sure where they're going. De Santis has a certain charm, but there's a discomfiting opacity to him. Unfortunately, their encounter climaxes with a melodramatic and unconvincing temporary break with sanity. The film then settles into a calmer and more reflective mode, and salvages some of its appeal, ending on a graceful note.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2005
UPC:
0829567021125
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Virgil Films
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Afterthought" and director's commentary; Widescreen; Interviews with Susan May Pratt and Chris Noth

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan May Pratt Gilda Mattei
Chris Noth Michael DeSantis
Jeremy Davies Adam
Michele Placido Giorgio Mattei
Laila Robins Barbara Mattei
Josef Sommer Carl Greenslate
Mary Wilson Evelyn Greenslate

Technical Credits
Myra Paci Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Ruth Charny Producer
Dina Goldman Production Designer
Janet Grillo Producer
Sarah J. Holden Costumes/Costume Designer
Robin Lee Editor
Sophia Lin Production Manager
Teodoro Maniaci Cinematographer
Karen Meisels Casting
David Schlesinger Art Director
Jonathan Shoemaker Co-producer
Beatrice Sisui Editor
Derek Yip Production Manager

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. I Am Gilda [8:35]
2. Acting Fantasy [6:54]
3. Back to Italy [8:09]
4. Obsession [6:10]
5. Crazy Stories [7:09]
6. Seeking Adventure [11:04]
7. Paradise Found [8:28]
8. Interview of a Lifetime [6:17]
9. No Inhibitions [7:25]
10. My Special One [6:53]
11. Facing Life [7:41]
12. End Credits [2:45]

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