Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.




  • Hany Abu-Assad at an event for Paradise Now (2005)
  • Ali Suliman in Paradise Now (2005)
  • Ali Suliman in Paradise Now (2005)
  • Paradise Now (2005)
  • Ali Suliman in Paradise Now (2005)
  • Hany Abu-Assad at an event for Paradise Now (2005)

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5 November 2005 | screenwriter-14
| PARADISE NOW...The Face of Human Tragedy
PARADISE NOW, like THE WAR WITHIN, educates an American audience on the tragedy of the complex battle of "Arab vs. Jew" and does so in a film that brings this struggle home to the West Bank and gives us a picture of two friends selected to carry out revenge for the death of fellow Palestinians. Well constructed, realistic, informative and yes, even humanistic in presenting us with characters that we would immediately disregard with hatred and contempt.

The journey taken by the friends is painful, personal and disturbing, in that the killing of Jews will only extend the bombings and killings of more Palestinians within the West Bank. PARADISE NOW shows us that the historical roots of hatred between Arab and Jew is one that will never go away, and the film points out this factor visually in building to the final scene on the bus in Tel Aviv. When the camera narrows down to the eyes of the bomber, surrounded by healthy, happy Israeli soldiers, the intense moment of self destruction is inevitable.

The shots of Tel Aviv, the West Bank, the excellent cast, direction and writing and development of the characters makes PARADISE NOW a very important film to see in 2005.

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Release Date:

18 November 2005


Arabic, English

Country of Origin

Palestine, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,023 30 October 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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