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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 ...
Lutuf Nouasser ...
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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Plot Keywords:

settler | friend | betrayal | fate | occupation | See more »

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 September 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El paraíso ahora  »

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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 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

Said: Is it true that your father was Abul Azzam? They say he was a hero. You must be very proud of him.
Suha: Rather than feeling proud I would prefer that he were alive.
Said: Thanks to what he did our cause is still alive today.
Suha: Well there are always other ways to continue the cause.
Said: It's not our option. The occupation picks the direction of the resistance.
Suha: Well resistance can go in a lot of directions. But we must realize they we just do not have any military clout here. So we have to find other alternatives...
Said:
Suha:
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Brilliant movie
25 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was so interesting. I am not a big fan of subtitles usually, but there was many points when the movie was so captivating that I forgot they were there.

I was shown from a terribly unique viewpoint in compared to any other movie I have seen on the topic. It approached a very difficult subject with brazen honesty and straight forwardness.

I really loved it. The director was brilliant. The use of certain symbolism and the comparison to the last supper was amazing I thought. I loved how it took something from a different religion and how their beliefs while so different in so many ways comes to a basic belief.

The camera work and the portrayal of so much at times where there were no words was awesome.

This movie is definitely worth it. Even if only to gain a viewpoint that is different from your own. I think that you will come away with a lot more then that.


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