6.6/10
3,094
47 user 71 critic

Divine Intervention (2002)

Yadon ilaheyya (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 October 2002 (France)
Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

Director:

Elia Suleiman

Writer:

Elia Suleiman

On Disc

at Amazon

6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.

Director: Elia Suleiman
Stars: Menashe Noy, Elia Suleiman, Baher Agbariya
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Elia Suleiman
Stars: Elia Suleiman, Nazira Suleiman, Fuad Suleiman
Paradise Now (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal
Omar (2013)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home.

Director: Annemarie Jacir
Stars: Suheir Hammad, Saleh Bakri, Riyad Ideis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A lesbian, an aspiring actor, an aspiring singer, a low-class marriage, a neighborhood community and 2 renowned directors have memorable less-than-24-hour-long experiences while living in/visiting the capital of Cuba.

Directors: Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Vladimir Cruz, Magali Wilson
Lamma shoftak (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of ... See full summary »

Director: Annemarie Jacir
Stars: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night.

Director: Walter Ruttmann
Stars: Paul von Hindenburg
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

About a Palestinian girl of 17 who wants to get married to the man of her own choosing. Rana wakes up one morning to an ultimatum delivered by her father: she must either choose a husband ... See full summary »

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Stars: Clara Khoury, Khalifa Natour, Ismael Dabbag
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Tweed, Bird, and Johnny are three outcasts who just want to belong. Obsessed with computer games they buy one from a street peddler and end up entering an alternate universe, much like ... See full summary »

Director: Elia Suleiman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elia Suleiman ... E.S.
Manal Khader Manal Khader ... Woman
George Ibrahim ... Santa Clause
Amer Daher Amer Daher ... Auni
Jamel Daher Jamel Daher ... Jamal
Lufuf Nuweiser Lufuf Nuweiser ... Neighbor with American van
Read Masarweh Read Masarweh ... Abu Basil
Bassem Loulou Bassem Loulou ... Abu Amer
Salwa Nakkara ... Adia (as Salvia Nakkara)
Naaman Jarjoura Naaman Jarjoura ... Uncle
Rama Nashashibi Rama Nashashibi ... Um Elias
Saiman Natour Saiman Natour ... Friend
Fairos Hakim Fairos Hakim ... Bus stop shopkeeper
Khalil Jarjoura Khalil Jarjoura ... Number 6 man
Hamada Shamout Hamada Shamout ... Basil
Edit

Storyline

Santa Claus tries to outrun a gang of knife-wielding youth. It's one of several vignettes of Palestinian life in Israel - in a neighborhood in Nazareth and at Al-Ram checkpoint in East Jerusalem. Most of the stories are droll, some absurd, one is mythic and fanciful; few words are spoken. A man who goes through his mail methodically each morning has a heart attack. His son visits him in hospital. The son regularly meets a woman at Al-Ram; they sit in a car, hands caressing. Once, she defies Israeli guards at the checkpoint; later, Ninja-like, she takes on soldiers at a target range. A red balloon floats free overhead. Neighbors toss garbage over walls. Life goes on until it doesn't. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Morocco | Germany | Palestine

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew | English

Release Date:

2 October 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Divine Intervention See more »

Filming Locations:

East Jerusalem, Palestine See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,699, 24 January 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$390,847, 20 July 2003
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Chosen by "Telerama" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#04) See more »

Goofs

At the border, when several cars are told to turn around, the camera is reflected in the side of the cars for several seconds. See more »


Soundtracks

Easy Muffin
Written & Performed by Amon Tobin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Wha?
14 May 2003 | by denmart821See all my reviews

Like others who have commented on this film, I, too, cannot stop thinking about it... thinking about how I was lured to the theater by a very good trailer that was crafted, I'm sure, to appeal to my interest in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, my concerns with world affairs and other cultures. I was used!

From beginning to end, a chain of weak metaphors... Nothing Divine - no intervention. Pure tedium.

Best metaphor? At the very end, a pressure cooker - and the old lady saying "Turn it off."

I can't remember being this disappointed - ever - in a movie that I was so excited about seeing. I didn't laugh, I didn't cry ... Perhaps I should though; for the potential of all that this subject should have inspired in a truly creative and thoughtful writer/director. For shame.


14 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed