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Paradise Now -- "PARADISE NOW" follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together.
Paradise Now -- Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.


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18 November 2005 (USA) See more »
In the next 36 hours, two childhood friends may do the unthinkable. See more »
Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Lubna Azabal ... Suha
Hamza Abu-Aiaash ... Checkpoint Soldier

Kais Nashif ... Said
Lutuf Nouasser ... Car Owner (as Lotuf Neusser)

Ali Suliman ... 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

Hiam Abbass ... Said's Mother
Nour Abd El-Hadi ... Said's Sister
Amjad Al-Imlah ... Said's Brother
Dina Titi ... Khaled's Sister
Yosef Abo Dheir ... Khaled's Father
Sadi El-Masri ... Khaled's Attendant
Hana Sha'alan ... Khaled's Mother
Nabeel Shaheen ... Video Camera Man
Ayman Swedan ... Barber
Jamal Shaheen ... Explosive Maker
Hafez Mueen ... Explosive Attacher
Jamil Sawalmeh ... Guard 1
Deya Deen Hamaideh ... Guard 2
Thabet Abu-Zarour ... Guard 3

Ashraf Barhom ... Abu-Karem (as Ashraf Barhoum)
Bassam Al-Nubani ... Fighter 1
Mohammad Kaskas ... Fighter 2
Nabeeh Jum'a ... Fighter 3
Mohammad Arabbas ... Fighter 4
Saed Mayaleh ... Fighter 5
Dirar Suleiman ... Taxidriver Said (as Derar Suliman)
Mohammad Jibreel ... Van Driver
Wagde Ode ... Jamal's Assistant
Tha'er Abu-Zarour ... Shawarma Customer
Olivier Meidinger ... Abu-Shabaab
Salwa Ibrahim ... Khaled's Mother
Abd Elrahman Thaher ... Mechanic
Jamel Daher ... Car Owner (voice) (as Jamal Daher)

Directed by
Hany Abu-Assad 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hany Abu-Assad 
Bero Beyer 
Pierre Hodgson 

Produced by
Bero Beyer .... producer
Muhammed Buqai .... associate producer
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Amir Harel .... producer
Peter Hermann .... line producer
Gerhard Meixner .... producer
Koji Nelissen .... assistant producer
Hengameh Panahi .... producer
Roman Paul .... producer
Jeroen van den Idsert .... co-producer
Rozemarijn Vermeulen .... assistant producer
Yani .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jina Sumedi 
Cinematography by
Antoine Héberlé 
Film Editing by
Sander Vos 
Production Design by
Olivier Meidinger 
Art Direction by
Bashir Abu Rabi'a 
Set Decoration by
Samir Hawa (2005)
Costume Design by
Walid Mawed 
Production Management
Baher Agbariya .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sabina Franke .... first assistant director
Enas I. Muthaffar .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Adrian Baumeister .... dialogue editor
Noemi Hampel .... sound editor
Uwe Haussig .... sound
Matthias Lempert .... re-recording mixer
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Marcus Sujata .... adr mixer
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ehab Assal .... assistant camera
Ehab Assal .... focus puller
Miki Berdougo .... electrician
Yana Mitnic .... electrician (as Yana Mitnik)
Georg Nonnenmacher .... gaffer
François Perrault-Alix .... key grip
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Michael Reuter .... post-production coordinator
Philip Whitfield .... telecine colorist
Other crew
Ossama Bawardi .... production crew
Bob Buchholz .... english language director
Feras Jabbour .... production crew
Koji Nelissen .... production intern
Nadia Saah .... publicity and marketing consultant
Christopher McQuarrie .... thanks
Ed Solomon .... thanks
Alesia Weston .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language
90 min
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Khalid speeds away in the green car the camera man is reflected in the car's windows.See more »
Said's Mother:The world changes. Everything changes, but God. You'll see.See more »
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107 out of 141 people found the following review useful.
Paradise lost, 20 November 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

"Paradise Now" is a rare film in which one sees another angle to the Middle East conflict first hand. In fact, the movie is non violent while making its point, something, that in another director's hands, would have taken a different path.

Director Hani Abu Assad takes us behind the scenes as two young men are being asked to perform the most daring act in order to make a statement to the enemy, give up their own lives! Mr. Assad takes us along as this pair prepares for what could be their last day on earth. In fact, one of the things that have always puzzled us is the idea that the young people giving their own lives, go to their deaths so quietly, and without any questions posed to the leaders that are asking for their sacrifice.

We watch as the two good friends, Said and Khaled spend the last night with their families, not even giving a hint of what they are about to do. Later, in a scene that reminded us of "The Last Supper", Said and Khaled sit with the leader of their group to partake their last meal. Then, we watch as they both are transformed to resemble their own enemy.

The two young leads, Kais Nashef and Ali Suliman are perfect in their roles. Lubna Azabal, is seen as a young Moroccan woman who has met the pair at the garage where they worked and seems to act as their conscience because she makes them reflect on the deed they are going to perform.

"Paradise Now" points to a lot of the causes for the problems in the region where the contrast between the two sides is like day and night. Nablas, the town where Said and Khaled live could well be in another planet, while Tel Aviv, with its skyscrapers, modernity and order, is perhaps, the paradise they are searching for.

The film is worth a look since it is a different account about the tragedy in that part of the world.

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