Paradise Now [DVD] 
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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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men willing to blow themselves up in order to cause death and destruction to others. A very thought-provoking film.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now, it is the time, more than ever to watch it. It helps to understand the conflict Palestine Israel in an entertaining and intelligent way. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Claudette
Excellent, I loved it. The acting is superb, the plot is very convincing and it is a powerful and compelling story.Published 23 months ago by Vicforshort
I can't add anything to the reviews regarding the content. This is my favourite film, I've left it several months since watching it to ensure perspective, but the film is... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2010 by Chris
Seeing this film a second time, I found it more powerful and more disturbing. I had read the script, and pictured the two leads played by much younger people, which I imagined... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2010 by K. Gordon
A thought provoking film showing the plight of the Palestinians under brutal Zionist occupation and theft since 1948 and its effects. A must watch!Published on 7 April 2010 by H. Ahmed
I dont want to describe the movie, I only want to say that the service was really good, thanks!Published on 16 Feb. 2010 by Pablo Laponniatoska
First class film. Portrays it as it is. No sentimentalism,heroism, sensationalism or any other 'ism involved. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2009 by David R. Beck
Paradise Now takes you into the life and mind of two suicide bombers ... their back ground, their family life, their fears, their dreams, their personal convictions. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2009 by S. Rodriguez Leisdovich
This movie gives us a glimpse into the world of two friends, Khaled and Said, that were recruited into becoming suicide bombers. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2007 by M. A. Ramos