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

Are you going to Nablus?

It's crooked.

- What?

- It's crooked.

- The bumper?

- Yes, what do you think?

- But it's new.

- Maybe so, but it's crooked.

I'll take it back to check it.

That won't do any good,

it's crooked.

- Doesn't look it to me

- Or is it that I'm blind?

You could be wrong.

- Appearances are deceiving.

- Look, kid

I see very well,

thank Allah.

- It's not crooked.

- It is, it's crooked.

- There's nothing more to see.

- No, there is.

Abu Salim should come to see it.

- What?

- That.

- It will be because you see bad.

- What did you say?

It's straight.

Let Abu Salim see,

he'll tell you.

Check with a level.

Who sees bad?

You see bad.

Look, it's not the bumper,

it's the ground.

Don't trick me,

I have eyes.

The ground is sloped,

the bumper is fine.

Where is Abu Salim?

I want to talk to him.

Abu Salim isn't here,

we can resolve this.

Didn't you hear me?

Call Abu Salim.

It's crooked

like your father.

- Which side is crooked?

- The right.

Well, you're right - it is crooked.

You risk losing me work.

- Why didn't you say anything?

- It wasn't Said, it was me.

You'll end up in jail

and nobody will go to see you.

- Hi.

- Hi Suha, how's it going?

You know,

Life has many twists and turns.

- Do you have my car?

- Sure.

He's already a grandfather.

Said, take a look.

Come here, Khaled.

Still not finished.

Why do have this old car?

Buy yourself a new one.

I like old cars,

They kind of go with me.

You'd like an Alfa Romeo

much better.

An Alfa, do you think?

There aren't any many

in the West Bank.

Because the spare parts are expensive

and hard to find.

The truth is,

cars don't interest me much.

But I like the name.

Alfa Romeo.

You can pick it up tomorrow,

the Othman checkpoint is closed.

- Do you mind?

- Doesn't matter to me.

Don't make fun of my accent.

I was born in France,

and grew up in Morocco.

- And now I have returned.

- Welcome.


I'll see you tomorrow?

If Allah wills it.

- It worked.

- There is wind...

What are you doing tomorrow?

Looking for work, I have to.

Where did you get that cassette? Belt?

I'm not familiar with it.

I found it.

In Suha's car.

Did you find it or steal it?

I'm going to return it.

I think you like her.

Forget it.

You're lucky,

she's the daughter of Abu Assam.

OK, OK, I'll shut up.

Just in time.

It's cold.

Can you close the window?

There's too much wind.

The electric windows

are broken. I'm sorry.

I can't.

It costs a thousand shekels to repair it.

It's too expensive.

Some day everything is going to be better.

You're not from here.

Are you married?

What did you ask?

- If you are married.

- See you tomorrow.

- See you.

- Hey, how's it going?

- Hey, what's up?

- Same as always out there.

- There's a lot that you don't get to see.

- I haven't moved from here.

- In Sweden,

the cars respect

the traffic lights.

The pedestrians look

where they're crossing.

But they have a higher percentage

of suicides.


What do you find so interesting with

that awful place?

They're crazy.

And I've never seen

a queen so ugly.

But she has a nice face.

She tells us how to deal

with informers.

We care less about her

than the collaborators.

It would be better to kill

them all.

Drag them into the street

and shoot them.

- Who?

- The collaborators.

Of course.

Their families, their neighbors

and anyone who gives them money.

You would kill them all?

Why the friends and their family too?

What happened to you, are you Swedish?

A little further back.

A little more.

That's it,

three centimeters to the left.

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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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