Paradise Now

Synopsis: In Nablas on the West Bank, Said and Khaled, who have volunteered to be suicide bombers, receive word it will be tomorrow - the cell's first operation in two years. They're shaven and shorn, in black suits to pose as settlers in Tel Aviv for a wedding. Something goes wrong at the crossing, they're separated, and the action is postponed, long enough for renewed questioning of what they're about to do. Suha, the well-educated and well-traveled daughter of a martyr, challenges the action. She likes Said and has her own ideas. "Under the occupation, we're already dead," is Khaled's analysis. Fate and God's will seem to drive Said. We must be moral, argues Suha. Can minds change?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Hany Abu-Assad
Production: Warner Independent Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

That's it, perfect.

Lift your head a little.


Back more.

Another step back.

That's it, don't move.

Come on, a smile.

Come on, smile.

If you don't smile

I can't take the photo.

I don't want to.

I can't make you.

You're in a hurry?

OK, I'll have them tomorrow.

- Good night.

- Good night.

How are you?

Good, you?

Can't complain.

How's it going in the garage?

- Same as always.

- They fired Khaled?

- Yes, but it wasn't his fault.

- This time.

It surprised me

that it took so long.

Do you remember

the martyr Abu Assam?

Although it cost him

his safety,

he said that to fear death

is to be dead.

And he had no don't doubt that

death would come soon enough,

without pain.

He drove the Mossad nuts.

They spent millions

to capture him.

When they surrounded him,

he knew that he was finished.

He opened the door and shouted:

"You've come too late."

Listen, Said.

We've decided to take revenge.

On the killers of Abu Hazem

and the son of Um Jaber

who died

in the air raid.

It will be tomorrow in Tel Aviv.

Khaled and you have been chosen.

You will go together, like you wanted.


Yes, are you ready?

Yes, of course. It's the will of Allah.

You'll spend the night

with your family.

You already know

that you cannot reveal it to anyone.


I will be with you

until you go.

- Are you happy?

- I am. I give thanks to Allah.


You're very late.

You're preoccupied.

"You're very late.

You're preoccupied."

If I'm so late,

then tie me up with the dog.

- I'm sure that we don't have one.

- Quiet, quiet.

- How are you, Jamal?

- Very well.

And school?

Less trouble than taking care of the kids?

I'm trying,

education is important.


Thanks, Said.

Take off that shirt.

It's my favorite

and you wore it to work.

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Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad (Arabic: هاني أبو أسعد‎, born 11 October 1961) is a Dutch/Palestinian film director. He has received two Academy Award nominations: in 2006 for his film Paradise Now, and again in 2013, at the 86th Awards, for his film Omar. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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