Yadon Ilaheyya (Divine Intervention) (Chronicle of Love and Pain)
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Yadon Ilaheyya (Divine Intervention) (Chronicle of Love and Pain)
Director Elia Suleiman uses a mixture of romantic comedy and quirky humor to shed light on the problems of Palestinians in Yadon Ilaheyya (Divine Intervention). E.S. (Suleiman and his girlfriend Manal Khader), because they live in separate cities, must meet near an Israeli checkpoint. The film is little more than a series of usually comic but occasionally poignant scenes in which Suleiman and others must confront any number of Israeli nemeses. Suleiman's second film, Divine Interventions, was screened in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The visual puns, sight gags and the little parables told by the few speaking characters are rarely laugh-out-loud funny. But they provoke thought, debate and diverse interpretations."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Suleiman's argument seems to be that the situation between Palestinians and Israelis has settled into an hopeless stalemate, in which everyday life incorporates elements of paranoia, resentment and craziness."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Elia Suleiman is a talented man who made a striking film to voice the sorrows of his people and there are sorrows to be lamented, but his film is drawn from an ugliness and intellectual dishonesty that besmirches any lesson that could possibly be extracte"
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"...a non-narrative film that mixes agitprop with Pythonesque silliness and an almost stately, rueful kind of slapstick that recalls Buster Keaton in tone if not physicality."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Provocative yet self-reflective, hilarious yet heartbreaking chronicle of love and pain."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"It makes for an intriguing example of how to use art, rather than bombs, to make a sustained political point."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A film whose eerie blend of deadpan wit and inner angst upset all your expectations."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A mordantly amusing black comedy about life among the Arab citizens of Israel."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"El director hilvana sensaciones, alegorías, representaciones más bien absurdas, e inspiradas en el cine mudo o la comedia física de Buster Keaton o Jacques Tati."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A hard film to get, but an enjoyable one to watch."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Simmering, sharply observed work."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The movie can be labored and sometimes obvious, but it's the work of someone who's trying to find ways to express alienation, longing and a pervasive sense of frustration."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Life in the Arab-Israeli region has a random and arbitrary unintelligibility, if this surreal stylization validly reflects it. But, validity comes into question."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Suleiman works in slow, poetic scenes that build to hilarious climaxes."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"As the film progresses, it becomes considerably more focused . . . even though it doesn't always make sense."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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