What is Paradise about? New Netflix movie explained

Chris Tilly
The poster for Netflix movie Paradise.

A new Netflix movie set in a grim alternate reality dropped on Netflix this week – here’s what Paradise is about.

Paradise is a new dystopian sci-fi thriller that’s set in a near future where money can buy years of your life.

The German movie debuted at the Munich International Film Festival in June, and arrived on Netflix yesterday (July 27, 2023).

So here’s your quick guide to the movie, including details of that high-concept plot, plus the actors who feature.

What is Paradise about?

In a press release for Paradise, Netflix asks viewers to “imagine a world where our lives aren’t determined by our age, but by ourselves.”

While here’s the official synopsis: “Trade your life for money: In the not-too-distant future, a method of transferring years of your life from one person to another has changed the world forever and turned biotech start-up AEON into a billion-dollar pharmaceutical company. 

“Max and Elena live an almost perfect life. But when the couple is faced with unexpected insurance claims that they can’t pay, everything quickly changes. To pay off their debts, Elena must ‘pay’ with 40 years of her life. Robbed of their life together, their future lies in tatters. Max, who works for AEON, tries everything he can to get Elena’s lost years back. But nothing will ever be the same again.”

Paradise cast: Who’s in it?

The following is a list of the actors who star in Paradise:

  • Marlene Tanczik
  • Kostja Ullmann
  • Iris Berben
  • Lisa-Marie Koroll
  • Alina Levshin
  • Lorna Ishema
  • Numan Acar
  • Loven Kongsli

Boris Kunz directs from a script he wrote with Peter Kocyla and Simon Amberger. Simon Amberger, Korbinian Dufter and Rafael Parente produce.

You can read more Netflix coverage here, while further previews of movies and shows on the streamer can be found below:

The Night Agent Season 2 | The Gentlemen | Sex Education Season 4 | Beef Season 2 | Monster Season 2 | Will there be Ginny and Georgia Season 3? | All the Light We Cannot See | Stranger Things Season 5 | Chicken Run 2 | Heartstopper Season 2 | Florida Man Season 2 | Obsession Season 2 | The Sandman Season 2

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