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Paradise Now (2005)

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
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Car Owner (as Lotuf Neusser)
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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:

18 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El paraíso ahora  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$48,023 (USA) (30 October 2005)

Gross:

$1,452,402 (USA) (19 March 2006)
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The first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Academy Award. See more »

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When Khaled and and Said are sitting on the rocks waiting to cross the fence, Khaled puts his right hand on Said's shoulder and holds it there. When the shot changes to a different angle, Khaled's right hand is by his side. See more »

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Khaled: Israel views partnership with and equality for the Palestinians under the same democratic system as suicide for the Jewish state. Nor will they accept a two-state compromise even though that is not fair to the Palestinians. We are to either accept the occupation forever or disappear. We've tried with all possible means to end the occupation with political and peaceful means. Despite it all, Israel continues to build settlements, confiscate land, Judaize Jerusalem and carry out ethnic cleansing....
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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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Had me thinking....
16 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't add much more that hasn't already been said here previously. I walked into the theater expecting an obvious ending but was somewhat surprised with the slightly interesting twist on one of the characters. It's not hard to imagine that if a commercial Hollywood blockbuster studio had done this film, they would have chosen a less cerebral approach and added a pointless car chase and spectacular special effects with poorly cast big names. Fortunately this independent film chose to focus on the psychological and ideological elements of this complicated predicament that is very much a reality today. Nor was there a pretentious political statement here, just an unbiased view of how these people see things. I found myself sympathizing with the main characters at some point, something I never felt I could ever do. But it certainly had me questioning my own character. If I had been raised under the same circumstances, what would I do? Rarely does a film do this to me.... A very powerful film that Hollywood would never ever make. Highly recommended.


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