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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
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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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From the most unexpected place, comes a bold new call for peace. 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:

Nablus, Palestine 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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2.35 : 1
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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 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 »

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Said: I was born in a refugee camp. I was allowed to leave the west Bank only once. I was 6 at the time and needed surgery. Life here is like life imprisonment. The crimes of the occupation are countless. The worst crime of all is to exploit the people's weaknesses and turn them into collaborators. By doing that, they not only kill the resistance, they also ruin families, ruin their dignity, and ruin an entire people. When my father was executed, I was 10 years old. He was a good person. But he grew ...
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Featured in Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2006) See more »

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Had me thinking....
16 January 2006 | by cyberentSee all my reviews

I can't add much more that hasn't already been said here previously. I walked into the theater expecting an obvious ending but was somewhat surprised with the slightly interesting twist on one of the characters. It's not hard to imagine that if a commercial Hollywood blockbuster studio had done this film, they would have chosen a less cerebral approach and added a pointless car chase and spectacular special effects with poorly cast big names. Fortunately this independent film chose to focus on the psychological and ideological elements of this complicated predicament that is very much a reality today. Nor was there a pretentious political statement here, just an unbiased view of how these people see things. I found myself sympathizing with the main characters at some point, something I never felt I could ever do. But it certainly had me questioning my own character. If I had been raised under the same circumstances, what would I do? Rarely does a film do this to me.... A very powerful film that Hollywood would never ever make. Highly recommended.


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