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Divine Intervention (2002)

Yadon ilaheyya (original title)
Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

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Manal Khader ...
Woman
George Ibrahim ...
Amer Daher ...
Auni
Jamel Daher ...
Jamal
Lufuf Nuweiser ...
Neighbor with American van
Read Masarweh ...
Abu Basil
Bassem Loulou ...
Abu Amer
Salwa Nakkara ...
Adia (as Salvia Nakkara)
Naaman Jarjoura ...
Uncle
Rama Nashashibi ...
Um Elias
Saiman Natour ...
Friend
Fairos Hakim ...
Bus stop shopkeeper
Khalil Jarjoura ...
Number 6 man
Hamada Shamout ...
Basil
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Santa Claus tries to outrun a gang of knife-wielding youth. It's one of several vignettes of Palestinian life in Israel - in a neighborhood in Nazareth and at Al-Ram checkpoint in East Jerusalem. Most of the stories are droll, some absurd, one is mythic and fanciful; few words are spoken. A man who goes through his mail methodically each morning has a heart attack. His son visits him in hospital. The son regularly meets a woman at Al-Ram; they sit in a car, hands caressing. Once, she defies Israeli guards at the checkpoint; later, Ninja-like, she takes on soldiers at a target range. A red balloon floats free overhead. Neighbors toss garbage over walls. Life goes on until it doesn't. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2 October 2002 (France)  »

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$14,699 (USA) (24 January 2003)

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$390,847 (USA) (18 July 2003)
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Chosen by "Telerama" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#04) See more »

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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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Performed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab
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If Jaques Tati and Luis Bunuel had a child, this is the film he'd make
19 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brilliant politics mixed mixed with very black, subtle comedy make up this very slightly surreal and funny movie about life and love in Israel.

However, I wouldn't recommend this film for everybody, don't watch it if you're looking for an easy movie, it takes a lot of mental energy to really understand this movie, however if you're in the movie for an intellectual treat, its quite fun.

This movie has the subtle humor and lack of dialogue of a tati movie with the politics and vignette fashion of a Bunuel.

Overall, it's good, yet many of the political references are extremely obscure and the metaphors aren't always clear.


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