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Divine Intervention (2002)

Yadon ilaheyya (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 October 2002 (France)
Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

Director:

Elia Suleiman

Writer:

Elia Suleiman
6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elia Suleiman ... E.S.
Manal Khader Manal Khader ... Woman
George Ibrahim ... Santa Clause
Amer Daher Amer Daher ... Auni
Jamel Daher Jamel Daher ... Jamal
Lufuf Nuweiser Lufuf Nuweiser ... Neighbor with American van
Read Masarweh Read Masarweh ... Abu Basil
Bassem Loulou Bassem Loulou ... Abu Amer
Salwa Nakkara ... Adia (as Salvia Nakkara)
Naaman Jarjoura Naaman Jarjoura ... Uncle
Rama Nashashibi Rama Nashashibi ... Um Elias
Saiman Natour Saiman Natour ... Friend
Fairos Hakim Fairos Hakim ... Bus stop shopkeeper
Khalil Jarjoura Khalil Jarjoura ... Number 6 man
Hamada Shamout Hamada Shamout ... Basil
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Storyline

Santa Claus tries to outrun a gang of knife-wielding youth. It's one of several vignettes of Palestinian life in Israel - in a neighborhood in Nazareth and at Al-Ram checkpoint in East Jerusalem. Most of the stories are droll, some absurd, one is mythic and fanciful; few words are spoken. A man who goes through his mail methodically each morning has a heart attack. His son visits him in hospital. The son regularly meets a woman at Al-Ram; they sit in a car, hands caressing. Once, she defies Israeli guards at the checkpoint; later, Ninja-like, she takes on soldiers at a target range. A red balloon floats free overhead. Neighbors toss garbage over walls. Life goes on until it doesn't. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Morocco | Germany | Palestine

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew | English

Release Date:

2 October 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Divine Intervention See more »

Filming Locations:

East Jerusalem, Palestine See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,228, 19 January 2003

Gross USA:

$421,343

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,675,596
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chosen by "Telerama" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#04) See more »

Goofs

At the border, when several cars are told to turn around, the camera is reflected in the side of the cars for several seconds. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Tango El Amal
Performed by Nour El Houda
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Wha?
14 May 2003 | by denmart821See all my reviews

Like others who have commented on this film, I, too, cannot stop thinking about it... thinking about how I was lured to the theater by a very good trailer that was crafted, I'm sure, to appeal to my interest in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, my concerns with world affairs and other cultures. I was used!

From beginning to end, a chain of weak metaphors... Nothing Divine - no intervention. Pure tedium.

Best metaphor? At the very end, a pressure cooker - and the old lady saying "Turn it off."

I can't remember being this disappointed - ever - in a movie that I was so excited about seeing. I didn't laugh, I didn't cry ... Perhaps I should though; for the potential of all that this subject should have inspired in a truly creative and thoughtful writer/director. For shame.


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