Paradise Now

Rated PG-13 90 minutes 2005

The mere mention of a Palestinian movie about martyrdom seems to raise immediate defensive postures, but Paradise Now, while taking a definite anti-violence stance, ventures even deeper into controversy by daring to be a black comedy. All the marketing focuses on how it's a call for peace, but the movie also has the sheer brazenness to find humor in the suicide bomber's experience. Saïd (Kais Nashif) and Khaled (Ali Suliman) have been informed by their friend that they've been chosen for the next suicide mission against the Israelis. Neither one wants to be involved without the other, but together they agree to go for it, and undergo all the necessary religious and practical training. But when the time comes to slip through the fence into Israeli territory, things don't go as planned. Some won't appreciate the mix of tones, but none of the humor cheapens the film's final blow, nor is it designed to condone terrorism in any way.

Film Credits

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Writer: Bero Beyer and Hany Abu-Assad

Producer: Bero Beyer

Cast: Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass, Amer Hlehel and Ashraf Barhoum

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