Divine Intervention
Divine Intervention (2003)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 17, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Suleiman utilizes absurdist humor to craft a provocative, original film.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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 Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jordan Hiller

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

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It makes for an intriguing example of how to use art, rather than bombs, to make a sustained political point.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A film whose eerie blend of deadpan wit and inner angst upset all your expectations.

Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

A mordantly amusing black comedy about life among the Arab citizens of Israel.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Simmering, sharply observed work.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Life in the Arab-Israeli region has a random and arbitrary unintelligibility, if this surreal stylization validly reflects it. But, validity comes into question.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A thoughtful well paced drama with comedic bits outlining a very personal and tortured relationship between Palestinians at the wrong side of a checkpoint.
Dimitris Springer
Art drenched in mythological symbols,yes?Most certainly,and poesie is included on the humanitarian cycle.Suleiman inherits the Tati syndrome and with a few… More
Linda K. T.
Very strange film! It could be consider a drama because of the Palestine and Israel conflict. But could be seen as a comedy because of some very unexpected… More

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