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Paradise Now (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.7
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Kais Nashef Said
Ali Suliman Khaled
Lubna Azabal Suha
Amer Hlehel Jamal
Hiam Abbass Said's mother
Ashraf Barhom Abu-Karem
Mohammad Bustami Abu-Salim
Lotuf Neusser Car Owner
Jamel Daher Car Owner (voice) (as Jamal Daher)
Olivier Meidinger Abu-Shabaab
Plot
Two men, best friends from childhood, are summoned to fulfill their agreement to be suicide bombers for the Palestinian cause. Khaled and Said (Ali Suliman and Kais Nashef, both making striking film debuts) believe fervently in their cause, but having a bomb strapped to your waist would raise doubts in anyone--and once doubts have arisen, they respond in very different ways. Paradise Now is gripping enough while the men are preparing for their mission, but when the set-up goes awry and Khaled and Said are separated, it becomes almost excruciatingly tense. The movie passes no judgment on these men; impassioned arguments are made for both sides of the conflict. This is a work of remarkable compassion and insight, given the shape and sharpness of a skillful thriller. Its psychological portrait goes beyond the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and resonates with fanaticism and oppression throughout the world, be it related to a religious, nationalist, or tribal cause. A stunning film from writer/director Hany Abu-Assad. --Bret Fetzer
Movie Details
Genre Crime; Drama; Foreign
Director Hany Abu-Assad
Producer Bero Beyer
Writer Hany Abu-Assad; Bero Beyer
Studio Warner Bros.
Country France
Language Arabic
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 91 mins
Movie Release Date 9/2/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 597
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/23/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 012569736795
Release Date 3/21/2006
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ARABIC: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
[None]
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