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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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In the next 36 hours, two childhood friends may do the unthinkable. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

The first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Academy Award. See more »

Goofs

When Khaled makes his speech for the second time, two of the people watching him are eating pitta. The man with the purple T-shirt is holding the pitta with his right hand in one shot, with his left in the next. See more »

Quotes

Suha: Why are you doing this?
Khaled: If we can't live as equals, at least we'll die as equals.
Suha: If you can kill and die for equality you should be able to find a way to be equal in life.
Khaled: How? Through your human rights group?
Suha: For example! Then at least the Israelis don't have an excuse to keep on killing.
Khaled: Don't be so naive. There can be no freedom without struggle. As long as there is injustice, someone must make a sacrifice.
Suha: That's no sacrifice. That's revenge. If you kill, there's no difference between ...
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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Brilliant film about tense subject
21 February 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Very powerful film that goes beyond the obvious, delivering a strong insight into a difficult subject, while maintaining a tension and drama that makes it impossible not to be stirred by the film. Delivering a film without falling into the pitfalls of political correctness or propaganda is an achievement in itself.

A must see for anyone.

A strong cast and powerful photography in a film that was long overdue. Strong script, powerful performances by the entire cast, excellent photography and a story that will stay with you long after you have left the cinema.


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