Paradise Now

Paradise Now

Director: Hany Abu-Assad Cast: Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal

DVD (Wide Screen)


Said (Kais Nashef) is a young Palestinian living in Nablus, and working as a mechanic. He gets his friend Khaled (Ali Suliman) a job, but the hot-tempered and impulsive Khaled quickly loses it. Suha (Lubna Azabal), a pretty, well-traveled young woman and the daughter of a well-known "martyr," brings her car in to be fixed, and flirts with Said. He's clearly interested in her, so much so that he continues to think of her when he's approached later that day by Jamal (Amer Hlehel), who tells him that he's been selected for an important mission, a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, and that Khaled will be joining him, as they had requested. That night, Jamal stays with Said at his mother's (Hiam Abbass) house, while another man stays with Khaled. Said sneaks off during the night to bring Suha her car keys, and has a brief discussion with her about her father's death, and what options the Palestinians have in their dealings with Israel. Said doesn't tell her the real reason for his visit: he's saying goodbye. The next morning, as scheduled, Said and Khaled are given neat haircuts and suits. They each make a video explaining to their families why they've chosen this path. Explosives are strapped on, and they are warned that trying to remove the belts themselves will result in detonation. When they're brought to a hole in the fence surrounding Nablus, they are intercepted by Israeli troops. Khaled and Said flee, and get separated. Said is left on his own. Paradise Now was co-written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Rana's Wedding, Ford Transit). A hit on the festival circuit, it was selected for inclusion in the 2005 New York Film Festival by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2006
UPC: 0012569736795
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kais Nashef Said
Ali Suliman Khaled
Lubna Azabal Suha
Amer Hlehel Jamal
Hiam Abbass Said's Mother
Ashraf Barhoum Abu-Karem
Mohammad Bustami Actor
Mohammad Kosa Actor
Ahmad Fares Actor
Olivier Meidinger Actor

Technical Credits
Hany Abu-Assad Director,Screenwriter
Bashir Abu-Rabia Art Director
Bero Beyer Producer,Screenwriter
Hamoudi Buqai Associate Producer
Sabine Franke Asst. Director
Amir Harel Co-producer
Uve Haussig Sound/Sound Designer
Antoine Héberlé Cinematographer
Matthias Lempert Sound/Sound Designer
Walid Maw'ed Costumes/Costume Designer
Olivier Meidinger Production Designer
Gerhard Meixner Co-producer
Hengameh Panahi Co-producer
Roman Paul Co-producer
Sander Vos Editor
Lara Zoabi Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paradise Now
1. Welcome to Nablus [5:30]
2. What's Your Problem? [5:17]
3. Chosen [3:12]
4. Last Supper [4:21]
5. Visiting Suha [5:45]
6. Blank Future [2:54]
7. Recorded Farewells [5:55]
8. Mission Preparations [1:53]
9. The Right Thing? [4:35]
10. Separated [6:25]
11. Change in Plan [3:02]
12. The Searchers [5:01]
13. No Other Way [4:00]
14. Same Cost [4:11]
15. Paradise in His Head [4:03]
16. Finding Saîd [5:41]
17. Why? [3:25]
18. Different Directions [4:59]
19. Facing Fate [4:26]
20. End Credits [2:18]

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Paradise Now 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're one of those people who have a black/white vision of the world and you want to remain that way, then don't watch this movie. I heard all the hype about this movie being sympathetic and supportive of terrorists, but I didn't find this to be the case at all. In fact, the director seems to be pointing a finger at both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Having said that, I thought the movie was quite enjoyable. I was surprised to see the bits of humor scattered throughout the movie as well as the subtle romance. It is however, one of those movies that will leave you feeling a little depressed though. But what else can you expect from a movie about suicide bombers. Overall, if you can handle the heavy subject matter, then I recommend that you watch this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I would not enthusiastically recommend this movie, I do nevertheless recommend seeing it. For the simple fact that there are two sides to the story, but that doesn't mean you have to believe both sides. And I do feel like this movie was extremely sypmathetic to the Palestinians' plight, yet I could not be. I am not sympathetic towards people who impose their beliefs on others. Killing people through suicide bombs is imposing your beliefs, and imposing them violently. And if you think it harsh to not side with Palestinians, I suggest researching and digesting the history of Jews and Palestinians as I have done and then question who has the right to the land they fight over endlessly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie is a great way to express feelings to the world rather than physically.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is little nobility or pity for people who choose to murder innocent people. Palestinians whine but forget the history they themselves created. This made the film difficult to accept.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, you have to look at life from their point of view...not feeling any sense of nobility or pity is such a shallow and simplistic answer to such a complex situation. It is such a hugely accepted misconception that the Palestinians themselfs are to blame for the tradgic history that accompanies them. It is outragous to think that people actually believe such rubish. And to say that Palestinians whine is ridiculous because of the years and years of the oppression and broken promises made and carried out by Israel. For such a historically significant ethnic group they show incredible restraint and value for peace and change... better than any other group of people could have done if they were put in the Palestinians' position. So please watch this movie with an open mind and try to understand the people represented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago