Paradise Now
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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,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"... it says more about Middle Eastern politics from the Palestinian side than any movie, period."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Certainly what Said says will not come as a surprise to any Israeli. It's simply that they disagree. We may disagree, too, and yet watch the film with a fearsome fascination."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The filmmaker keeps the thorny issues under control"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Un film duro, polémico y bien realizado, que promueve el debate sobre un conflicto aún por resolver."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"It's all compelling, and the film boasts an ending that leaves the audience sitting in numbed silence."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"... remarkable ..."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine
"A risk-taking but enlightening film that takes the novel approach of examining the Israeli-Arab impasse from the perspective of the Palestinians."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Could a more important, relevant and complimentary film to Munich have come out in 2005?"
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"A tragedy regardless of its conclusion, Paradise Now is an important and powerful effort to explicate the inexplicable."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"For a while as perversely compelling as Spielberg's Munich, the film sadly deflates as a narrative."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"The film offers food for thought, and reminds us that, in any war, one who understands the mindset of his opponent gains an important tactical advantage."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Very good."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Abu-Assad does a good job of building tension and showing some of the complexities within Palestinian culture. He has, as they say, put a human face on the Palestinians."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"While it fails to make a compelling argument for terrorism, it is a compelling story nonetheless."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Ainda que assuma claramente a defesa da causa palestina, o cineasta deixa clara sua reprovação ao terrorismo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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