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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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From the most unexpected place, comes a bold new call for peace. See more »

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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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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 »

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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 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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Behind the terrorist, a human being
9 September 2006 | by brunoccassianoSee all my reviews

Some people can consider Paradise Now as propaganda, however, in my humble opinion, this movie is much more than a story about the situation in Palestine. It's a movie that shows how human beings can do horrible things when they are oppressed and how this behavior even seem to make sense when you're taught from the childhood that doing such things is the only way to get freedom.

It's obvious that suicide bombers are murderers, but it's also obvious that they are victims from Hamas, Hezbollah, Israel, USA and everyone that gets profits with the violence in the Middle East, so this movie wasn't special to me for showing some kind of sympathy for terrorism if it does. The role of this movie for me was to show a humanized version of a group of people that I usually only take acknowledge by the TV as people whose only objective is to kill the highest possible amount of people.

Here in Brazil we don't have ethnic or religious wars. Here, Palestinians and Jews live sometimes in the same neighborhood and there's never been a terrorist attack. On the other hand, we've got extremely serious problems with violence caused by the oppression that poor people suffer from the Police, that seems only to exist to protect the rich. In May, a criminal organization called PCC (Capital's First Command) attacked more than a hundred of places (most Police stations) in São Paulo, killing approximately one hundred people.

Are these criminals originally bad or their acts are just the consequence of an extremely unequal society? Well, on the TV we only see the criminals and the terrorists, but thank God we have movies like City of God, Carandiru and Paradise Now to show us the human beings.


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