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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Khaled and and Said are sitting on the rocks waiting to cross the fence, Khaled puts his right hand on Said's shoulder and holds it there. When the shot changes to a different angle, Khaled's right hand is by his side. See more »

Quotes

Said's Mother: The world changes. Everything changes, but God. You'll see.
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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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powerful film
6 October 2005 | by skyritzSee all my reviews

I thought this was a very powerful and well-made film. The acting was excellent, as are the script, direction, and cinematography. Perhaps the biggest challenge with a film on such a controversial topic is what position it takes, but as a moderate American Jew, I felt it took as objective a position as possible. It does not push one side or another, but merely tells one story about two men chosen for a suicide bombing mission. I was concerned there might be an attempt to get the viewer to sympathize with the would-be bombers, but did not find that to be the case. Ultimately, the story leads you to sympathize with the families and friends of these men, demonizes those who have led them down this path, and simply humanizes the men themselves. There have been some criticisms of the film for focusing too much on Palestinians and essentially reducing the Israelis in the film to background and setting, but I think this was necessary. This is not a documentary about suicide bombings; it is the story of two of the suicide bombers themselves.


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