Paradise Now

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    Paradise Now is filmed from the perspective of two Palestinian men who are predestined to perform a suicide attack in Israel. This is the first film to deal with the subject of suicide attackers.

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    ... it says more about Middle Eastern politics from the Palestinian side than any movie, period.

    5/5
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    ... remarkable ...

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    The film offers food for thought, and reminds us that, in any war, one who understands the mindset of his opponent gains an important tactical advantage.

    3/4
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    Certainly what Said says will not come as a surprise to any Israeli. It's simply that they disagree. We may disagree, too, and yet watch the film with a fearsome fascination.

    3/4
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    A risk-taking but enlightening film that takes the novel approach of examining the Israeli-Arab impasse from the perspective of the Palestinians.

    4/5
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    Very good.

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    Viewers of all persuasions can find a human perspective on an aspect of terrorism that, no matter how often it occurs, is beyond imagining for most of us.

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    The director's two impulses -- to keep the audience hooked while illuminating the Palestinian plight -- never feel entirely compatible.

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    It would be difficult to undertake a more politically relevant film or explore a more volatile subject, and Abu-Assad attempts his project with skill and sensitivity.

    3/4
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    [A] sensitive, occasionally didactic film.

    3/4
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    A movie hardly lacking for anxiety and uneasiness.

    3/4
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    Writer-director Hany Abu-Assad can't tell the entire story in Paradise Now, but he can show glimmers of it.

    B
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    What makes the film more than a routine thriller is its willingness to explore what makes these walking time bombs tick.

    3/4
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    The movie is driven by the characters' passionate, despairing arguments about the fine line between victimization and violence. But Paradise Now also has, at times, an almost surreal visual flair.

    B+
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    Asks the big questions and answers quite a few of them, although its ending is tantalizingly ambiguous.

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    The film captures the bleakness of the West Bank and, more powerfully, shows us lives so grim that the thought of paradise now seems enticing.

    3/4
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    With a documentarian's eye and a dramatist's urgency, Abu-Assad sneaks into the mind of a suicide bomber, and also his heart.

    3/4
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    It's too simply reasoned and too tidily made to shake you up.

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    Paradise may not change anyone's ideology, but it should convince some that, but for some deeply divisive views of religious morality, people are pretty much the same on either side of the holy fence.

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    Paradise catches and keeps your attention because of its daring subject, real-life backdrops and the intensity of its actors.

    3/4
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    Troubling but excellent.

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    I felt that I was no closer to understanding the psychology of suicide bombers than I had been before.

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    Too bitterly real to be a comedy, but its irony is a useful tool for needling terrorists from the inside.

    3/4
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    Hany Abu-Assad's stark, minimalist portrait of two young Palestinian men preparing for a suicide-bombing mission in Tel Aviv is the kind of movie that takes away both your breath and your ability to get out of your seat.

    3/4
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    A powerful, poignant, provocative drama, it gets its strength from its dispassion, from an uncompromising determination to explain rather than justify or condemn, to put a human face on incomprehensible acts.

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    This taut, ingeniously calculated thriller fixates on the flashpoint where psychology and politics ignite in self-destructive martyrdom.

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    It is in no way an apologia for terrorism. But it's a character study that subtly nudges the viewer toward greater understanding.

    3/4
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    He attempts with mixed results to get inside the psyches of men who would blow themselves up for the cause.

    B+
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    Paradise Now is an agonized inquiry into the minds of a dispossessed new generation of Palestinians, who come off more introspective and internally divided than you'd think.

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    Riveting and timely.

    A
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    Paradise Now may not succeed in inspiring sympathy for these hapless terrorists, but it does compel an appreciation for the unbearable sense of humiliation that may fuel such acts.

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    The director puts a human face on the headlines.

    3/4
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    While nothing truly new or shocking emerges, the film does bring clarity and compassion to its depiction of an act that baffles, angers and sickens people the world over.

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    [It] lays out the issues in an accessible but rather too over-correct way, seemingly eager to please all parties at the expense of real passion.

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