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Paradise Now [DVD] [2005]

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  • Actors: Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Amer Hlehel, Hiam Abbass
  • Directors: Hany Abu-Assad
  • Producers: Bero Beyer
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug. 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H30MLW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,334 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Oscar-nominated drama following two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a suicide attack in Tel Aviv. When Said (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman) are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman (Lubna Azabal) who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.

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The director Hany Abu-Assad has managed to make a film that does not demonize terrorists. Instead he is trying to show us the human behind the stereotype. Paradise Now is definitely not attempting to be an apology for suicide bombers. Instead, the film is trying to explain what makes two "normal"

men willing to blow themselves up in order to cause death and destruction to others. A very thought-provoking film.
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The problem might be ,for some of us,that this tale is so objective and balanced that it might shock our western mind-set. It dares to suggest that suicide bombers aare very close to being just like us. There but for the grace of God or Allah go I. An excellent DVD. I beg everyone to watch and digest it's message.
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For those viewers who are wondering whether this is a pro suicide bomber movie or not, I can say that it may depend upon who's doing the viewing. Director Hany Abu-Assad, who is a Muslim was born in Nazareth, which is a largely Christian city in Palestine. He moved to the Netherlands when he was a young man and currently lives in Los Angeles. He believes the film presents "an artistic point of view of...[a] political issue."

I tend to agree. The proof perhaps is in the fact that some Palestinians feel the film wasn't fair to their situation while some Israelis feel that the film glorified suicide bombers. Both sides can find evidence in the film to support their point of view, and the arguments can become heated.

Personally I find suicide bombings abhorrent and counterproductive. My belief has long been that the Palestinians would further their cause through a non-violent approach similar to methods used by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Using your children to kill other people's children while committing suicide is not only morally wrong, but not likely to win the hearts and minds of people who can help you. Furthermore the idea (expressed in the film by the suicide bombers and those who exploit them) that some people are superior because they are not afraid to die demonstrates a limited understanding of human nature and ignores history. The Japanese used suicide bombers in World War II for example to no good effect. And those men were not the "humiliated" and "oppressed" uneducated youths typical of suicide bombers in the Middle East. Instead some of them were the cream of the young manhood of a growing nation. Understand also that if the United States had the need it would have no trouble persuading countless Americans to commit suicide for God and country.
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You can argue the political rights and wrongs of the Palestine troubles until the cows come home, but for me "Paradise Now" succeeds in doing something far simpler; it provides a snapshot of the people involved. This is important because more often than not our media portray these people's lives as being as alien as those of an insect. It's so refreshing to instead see a people with wants and needs familiar to all of us. The actual story follows two disillusioned mechanics as they embark on a day of sacrifice and enlightenment...it's a totally original film that simply places us amongst the lives if others and is balanced enough to raise more questions than it answers. Always a good thing.
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Two Palestinians share a nargileh, staring vacantly over the city below, their 'coffee-house' a hillside littered with the scrap metal of cannibalized vehicles, an apt metaphor for the wreckage of their lives. In Nablus, the economy is stifled. Access is controlled by armed Israeli check-points whose negotiation means daily humiliation and hostility. The young men have little they value other than their childhood friendship - and this they have pledged to sacrifice in a joint suicide bombing in affluent, vibrant Tel Aviv.

Are the oppression of occupation, a poverty-stricken childhood in a refugee camp and a dead-end job enough to drive a young man to kill himself and others? Seeing no future in this life, to turn to the lure of 'Paradise now', recruited by a political ideology which has mobilized religion in its service?

The strength of Hany Abu-Assad's film lies in its sensitive exploration of the forces at work in the minds of Khaled (Ali Sliman) and Said (Kais Nashef) as they prepare for their mission, cope with plans gone awry, and confront their own fears and emotions as they come face to face with their intended victims. Once, twice they fail to complete the mission; and it is then that this unflinching, compassionate director probes the deeper levels of anguish and frustration which separate Khaled from Said, and seal their fate.

Paradise Now richly deserves its many accolades, including the 2006 Golden Globe award and Oscar nomination for best foreign film. It should be viewed by everyone who grasps the urgency - for all of us - of the situation it portrays, and who is not afraid to look behind the headlines.
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By Mr. F. E. Marioni VINE VOICE on 8 July 2008
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This beautifully shot and acted film about two lifelong friends becoming suicide bombers sent for a mission in Tel Aviv but as things go wrong doubts start to surface as to if what they are doing is right.

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad the film works beautifully as a story of friendship in extraordinary circumstances .

Ali Suliman as the exuberant confident Khaled fully committed to the cause, and Kais Nashif is Said who seems the shyer and less convinced.
They both play their roles in expert fashion. Ali Suliman really goes through all the emotions as his character changes dramatically, as does Kais Nashif who whilst quieter really brings out the emotion of a troubled mind way past the point of reasoning.

Unlike Spielberg's Munich, Paradise Now also manages what feels a more realistic commentary on the situation between Palestine and Israel without ever descending into melodrama.

A very well directed, acted and harrowing story, coupled with one of the most well judged, subtle and tear inducing endings I have seen this is world cinema at its finest.
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