Paradise Highway is a 2022 thriller movie written and directed by Anna Gutto starring Juliette Binoche, Frank Grillo, and Morgan Freeman. An international co-production between the United States, Germany, and Switzerland, the movie was released in the United States on July 29, 2022, by Lionsgate.
Paradise Highway: Movie Synopsis
Sally, played by Juliette Binoche, is a truck driver, transporting cargo from place to place while always staying in touch with her friendly group of truckers. The only surviving member of Sally’s family, her brother Dennis, is serving time in prison for a series of petty crimes and will soon be released within the next week. During her driving job, Sally visits Dennis in prison, hoping it will be the last time she does so, and the siblings excitedly talk about what they will do when Dennis is out.
However, just before leaving, Sally hands over a small note from her brother, and when she refuses to take it, he even shows her a horrible bruise on her neck and torso. It is evident that the group inside the prison is forcing Dennis to get Sally to deliver illegal cargo from one location to another, and the woman has already done this several times to save her brother. If Sally refuses to do the job, Dennis is beaten up by the thugs, as he now shows his sister, and the woman helplessly agrees.
Sally drives her truck to the usual meeting place and sees a minivan pull up, and when she asks about the cargo and looks inside the vehicle, she sees a young girl inside, about twelve or thirteen. The woman delivering this cargo—the seller, so to speak—is a woman named Claire, and she gives Sally instructions—she is to take a young girl to a place across the state line and hand her over to a man named Paul.
Sally clearly does not want to be involved in such a birth, knowing full well that it is a case of child trafficking, but Claire’s threats about the danger it could pose to Dennis in prison eventually make her agree.
She hides the girl in the front seats as she drives to the designated location, and when the girl tries to strike up a conversation, she shuts her down saying they are not supposed to talk. Sally arrives at the location after dark and waits for Paul to come, who arrives a few minutes late, and just as she is talking to him to end her delivery trip, the man is fatally shot by a young girl.
She found the shotgun Sally always kept in her car and shot her potential buyer. Paul tries to shoot, but when Sally reverses the truck and flees the scene with the girl, the man dies from his injuries. With the young girl to be trafficked still with her and a potential murder charge on her hands, Sally is confused about what to do next as she drives off in her truck.
Paradise Highway Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
Claire now wants to get Leila back into her custody so she can sell her, and her companion starts roughing up Sally. As Dennis holds young Leila, he warns the attackers not to harm his sister, but seeing the male companion abuse Sally, even more, the brother pulls out a revolver and shoots the companion. Although Sally is relieved, Claire now starts yelling at Dennis that he was the one who asked them to make it look real.
Sally quickly realizes that her brother was heavily involved with child traffickers and tells Claire the whole plan – he and his sister will arrive with the girl and the money, and Sally will pay the money, and then Claire and his accomplice would rob her of the girl as well, while Dennis would pretend to be on Sally’s side.
Dennis now actually moves into Claire’s minivan along with Leila, and Sally can only helplessly run after the vehicle. However, just as they are about to leave, Sally’s group of trucker friends show up with their big trucks and block all escape routes for the van.
Dennis runs for it and then tries to convince his sister that selling the girls would give them a lot of money to live an easy life with, but an enraged Sally just points a gun at him. Dennis asks what Leila can give Sally that he can’t, and what she owes the little girl, to which Leila replies that she owes her nothing.
Sally ends up letting her brother live and she and her friends arrest him instead. The next morning, Gerick and his partner, who seems to have been contacted by Sally, arrive on the scene and arrest the man and Claire, as well as rescue the other young girls. However, Leila stays with Sally and the two happily leave as a newfound family.
It’s true that “Paradise Highway” offers very little new or unique in terms of its plot, but some moments in the film have their due effect. The concept of a trucker as the main character and her ever-helpful friends, who are also all women, is a nice touch, as truck stops and rest stops are seen here as places of danger or unnecessary trouble rather than some kind of safe haven. that most truckers in movies think of them as such.
Experienced and tough trucker Sally is lasciviously accosted by a drunken mascot at one such stop, so it’s easy to feel what such places would do to Leila. The film also doesn’t give itself room for diluting the content, nor for euphemisms, and yet it doesn’t rage, which is to be commended. “Paradise Highway.’