Paradise Now PG-13

From the most unexpected place, come a new call for peace
Paradise Now
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: March 21, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • 5.1Arabic

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , &
Directed by
Music by
Screenwriting by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 09/30/2005
"[A] fine-tuned moral thriller, the first film to map the interior landscape of Islamic terrorism."
Film Comment - 09/01/2005
"Abu-Assad treats his white-hot material with cool, understated rigor and painstaking detail."
Rolling Stone - 11/03/2005
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film radiates authenticity. Even when he plays the action like a thriller, Abu-Assad is in search of a deeper truth."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/04/2005
"Shooting with energy and a great sense of storytelling....Exciting filmmaking." -- Grade: A-
New York Times - 10/28/2005
"[A] taut, ingeniously calculated thriller that fixates on the flashpoint where psychology and politics ignite in self-destructive martyrdom."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2006
"[T]he film is most powerful in its moments of lyrical reflection."
Total Film - 10/01/2006
"What makes Hany Abu-Assad's film uneasy viewing comes in the vulnerability of its leads....The pair themselves make for the most important Behind The Scenes doc you'll ever see."
Ultimate DVD - 10/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t makes the point that the Middle East issue is not as black and white as our leaders would like it to appear."

Product Description:

Shot on location in both Palestine and Israel, PARADISE NOW is an enthralling drama about the possible motivations and actions of two suicide bombers. Director Hany Abu-Assad meticulously researched the subject before co-authoring the script with colleague Bero Beyer, and fought off a few armed Palestinians in Nablus, which is where the bulk of the film's shooting took place. The story follows two young Palestinian men, Said (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman), whose lives in the West Bank city have ground to a halt. But when a shadowy figure named Jamal (Amer Hlehel) offers them a shot at martyrdom by carrying out a suicide attack in Tel Aviv, the two men's lives are suddenly invigorated. The film follows their final days, as they grapple with their consciences, visit family and friends--and in Said's case, a young woman he has been flirting with--and prepare for the attack. But they find both practical and emotional issues stand in their way, leading to an anguished and entirely moving finale to Abu-Assad's film.

The difficult production of PARADISE NOW saw crew members abandoning the set amid fears for their lives, location manager Hassan Titi getting kidnapped, a land mine exploding 300 meters away from the set, and Prime Minister Yasser Arafat stepping in to aid the film. Although the subject matter is bleak, Abu-Assad pulls off a masterstroke by lacing the script with black humor, even having the two men nervously joke around as they film their farewell speeches to their families. But ultimately the movie offers a compelling portrait of two men driven to extremes by their beliefs, and examines all the anxieties inherent in such a decision as the one taken with alarming regularity by Palestinian men such as Said and Khaled.

Description by Warner Home Video:

Paradise Now
"PARADISE NOW" follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: NOVEMBER 4, 2005
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 24,726
  • UPC: 012569736795
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