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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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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 ...
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Fairos Hakim ...
Bus stop shopkeeper
Khalil Jarjoura ...
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Hamada Shamout ...
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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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$14,699 (USA) (24 January 2003)

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