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Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Suha
Hamza Abu-Aiaash ...
Checkpoint Soldier
Kais Nashif ...
Lotuf Neusser ...
Car Owner
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Khaled
Mohammad Bustami ...
Abu-Salim
Ahmad Fares ...
Tea Boy
Waleed On-Allah ...
Taxidriver Suha
Asaad Dwikat ...
Shawarma Shop Owner
Imad Saber ...
Shawarma Customer
Mohammad Kosa ...
Photographer
Amer Hlehel ...
Jamal
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Nour Abd El-Hadi ...
Said's Sister
Amjad Al-Imlah ...
Said's Brother
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Storyline

In Nablas on the West Bank, Said and Khaled, who have volunteered to be suicide bombers, receive word it will be tomorrow - the cell's first operation in two years. They're shaven and shorn, in black suits to pose as settlers in Tel Aviv for a wedding. Something goes wrong at the crossing, they're separated, and the action is postponed, long enough for renewed questioning of what they're about to do. Suha, the well-educated and well-traveled daughter of a martyr, challenges the action. She likes Said and has her own ideas. "Under the occupation, we're already dead," is Khaled's analysis. Fate and God's will seem to drive Said. We must be moral, argues Suha. Can minds change? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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From the most unexpected place, comes a bold new call for peace. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller | War

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 September 2005 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,144 (Hong Kong) (2 June 2006)

Gross:

$15,806 (Hong Kong) (9 June 2006)
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Trivia

When the film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, much controversy surrounded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' decision to designate it as a submission from the Palestinian Authority, rather than Palestine. Due to much protestation from writer-director Hany Abu-Assad, the film was eventually announced by Will Smith as being a submission from the Palestinian territories. See more »

Goofs

When Khalid speeds away in the green car the camera man is reflected in the car's windows. See more »

Quotes

Said's Mother: [to her son talking with his mouth full] Turn off that radio in your mouth.
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powerful film
6 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a very powerful and well-made film. The acting was excellent, as are the script, direction, and cinematography. Perhaps the biggest challenge with a film on such a controversial topic is what position it takes, but as a moderate American Jew, I felt it took as objective a position as possible. It does not push one side or another, but merely tells one story about two men chosen for a suicide bombing mission. I was concerned there might be an attempt to get the viewer to sympathize with the would-be bombers, but did not find that to be the case. Ultimately, the story leads you to sympathize with the families and friends of these men, demonizes those who have led them down this path, and simply humanizes the men themselves. There have been some criticisms of the film for focusing too much on Palestinians and essentially reducing the Israelis in the film to background and setting, but I think this was necessary. This is not a documentary about suicide bombings; it is the story of two of the suicide bombers themselves.


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