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Paradise Now

Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass, Amer Hlehel

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
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October 20, 2005

It's not surprising that emotions run high in this movie powder keg about two Palestinian suicide bombers — Said (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman) — on a mission to Tel Aviv. What does amaze is the humane and nonpartisan treatment of the topic by Palestinian director and co-writer Hany Abu-Assad. By detailing two days in the lives of these young mechanics — they've been friends since childhood — as they prepare to sacrifice their future for a cause they barely understand, the director puts a human face on the headlines. Shot in the West Bank, the film radiates authenticity. Even when he plays the action like a thriller, Abu-Assad is in search of a deeper truth.

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