Divine Intervention (2002)
"Yadon ilaheyya" (original title)

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Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.



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2 October 2002 (France)  »

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$390,847 (USA) (18 July 2003)

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The music used in the opening credit sequence is from an Arabic song by Mohammed Abdulwahab from the 1950s called "Me, suffering, and your love" which are what the majority of the film is about. See more »


At the border, when several cars are told to turn around, the camera is reflected in the side of the cars for several seconds. See more »


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A unique allegory of tolerance
9 December 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I would be lying if I said I loved this film. However, writer-director-actor Elia Suleiman created a pretty unique, bizarre allegory of tolerance in Palestine that deserves at least one viewing.

"Divine Intervention" is composed of a circle of vignettes that vary from "Father Feels Sick" to "I Am Crazy Because I Love You". Using minimalist settings, economic dialogue and bizarre, surreal situations that involve a dying Santa Claus and a female ninja, Elia creates a mosaic of apparently disconnected types and caricatures. His "message" is illustrated in a not so subtle metaphor by the last scene. Even though "Divine Intervention" doesn't always succeed, Suleiman deserves special mention for daring to experiment in a way that most filmmakers are afraid to. Not a bad thing to do. 7/10.

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