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Paradise Now (2005)

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

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Hany Abu-Assad
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lubna Azabal ... Suha
Hamza Abu-Aiaash Hamza Abu-Aiaash ... Checkpoint Soldier
Kais Nashif ... Said
Lutuf Nouasser ... Car Owner (as Lotuf Neusser)
Ali Suliman ... Khaled
Mohammad Bustami Mohammad Bustami ... Abu-Salim
Ahmad Fares Ahmad Fares ... Tea Boy
Waleed On-Allah Waleed On-Allah ... Taxidriver Suha
Asaad Dwikat Asaad Dwikat ... Shawarma Shop Owner
Imad Saber Imad Saber ... Shawarma Customer
Mohammad Kosa Mohammad Kosa ... Photographer
Amer Hlehel Amer Hlehel ... Jamal
Hiam Abbass ... Said's Mother
Nour Abd El-Hadi Nour Abd El-Hadi ... Said's Sister
Amjad Al-Imlah Amjad Al-Imlah ... Said's Brother
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Storyline

Palestinians Said and Khaled, now in young adulthood, have been lifelong friends living in Nablus in the West Bank. They have both had what they consider a difficult life, now working side-by-side in unfulfilling jobs as auto mechanics in a small garage, being unfulfilling as difficult as the jobs were to get. Those difficult lives includes feeling like they are prisoners in the West Bank, Said who has only left the region once on a medical issue when he was six. They blame all their problems on the oppression by the Israelis. As such, they have volunteered and have been accepted by a Palestinian resistance group to carry out a suicide bombing mission in Tel Aviv: after the initial response to the first bomb, the second bomb would be detonated at the same site. Following the bombing, the resistance group would release pre-taped video messages of Said and Khaled confessing to the bombing in the name of God. The mission would require Said and Khaled to cross "illegally" into Israel. ... Written by Huggo

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

Genres:

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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Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

18 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El paraíso ahora See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,023, 30 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,452,402, 19 March 2006
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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When Khalid speeds away in the green car the camera man is reflected in the car's windows. 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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A must see for everyone.
10 November 2005 | by ZzazzaSee all my reviews

Paradise now is a very realistic film about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Therefore it's a very contemporary film concerning a topic that still receives a lot of media attention.

The film follows Said and Khaled, two friends who are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel-Aviv. However, something goes wrong and the attack is postponed. Said and Khaled now have the time to think about what they are going to do.

The feelings of the two leading characters are carefully explained and brought to you very realistically by an outstanding performance of Ali Suliman and Kais Nashef. Though it's a little long-winded in the end the story is excellently written. The film explains a difficult situation without taking a stand or forcing you to do so. People who've seen this film will hopefully better understand the Israel-Palestine situation.

Conclusion: Paradise Now is a brilliantly made movie and a must see for everyone.


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