Paradise Now (2005)

Paradise Now
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign
Keywords teen, terrorism
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Kais Nashif Actor Said 1 1000001
Ali Suliman Actor Khaled 1 1000002
Lubna Azabal Actor Suha 1 1000003
Amer Hlehel Actor Jamal 1 1000004
Hiam Abbass Actor Said's mother 1 1000005
Ashraf Barhom Actor Abu-Karem 1 1000006
Hany Abu-Assad Director n/a 2 2000001
Bero Beyer Producer n/a 3 3000001
Hengameh Panahi Producer n/a 3 3000002
Amir Harel Producer n/a 3 3000003
Gerhard Meixner Producer n/a 3 3000004
Roman Paul Producer n/a 3 3000005
Hamoudi Buqai Associate Producer n/a 171 3000006
Bero Beyer Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Hany Abu-Assad Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Peter Hermann Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Baher Agbariya Production Manager n/a 305 5000002
Sabine Franke Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
Antoine Heberle Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Sander Vos Editor n/a 172 7000001
Jina Sumedi Music n/a 120781 8000001
Olivier Meidinger Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Bashir Abu-Rabia Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Lara Zoabi Casting n/a 179 10000001
Walid Maw'ed Costumes n/a 120828 13000001
Friderike Weber Makeup n/a 353 13000002
Matthias Lempert Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000001
Uve Haussig Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Synopsis
Two young Palestinian men embark upon what may be the last 48 hours of their lives. On a typical day in the West Bank city of Nablus, where daily life grinds on amidst crushing poverty and the occasional rocket blast, we meet two childhood best friends, Saïd and Khaled, who pass time drinking tea, smoking a hookah, and working dead-end menial jobs as auto mechanics. Saïd's day takes a turn for the better when a beautiful young woman named Suha brings her car in for repairs. From their spirited interaction, it is apparent that there is a budding romance growing between them. Saïd is approached by middle-aged Jamal, a point man for an unnamed Palestinian organization, who informs Saïd that he and Khaled have been chosen to carry out a strike in Tel Aviv. They have been chosen for this mission as a team, because each had expressed a wish that if either is to die a martyr, the other would want to die alongside his best friend. Saïd and Khaled have been preparing for this moment for most of their lives. They spend a last night at home-- although they must keep their impending mission secret even from their families. During the night Saïd sneaks off to see Suha one last time. Suha's moderate views, having been educated in Europe, and Saïd's burgeoning conflicted conscience cause him to stop short of explaining why he has come to say good-bye. The following day, Saïd and Khaled are lead to a hole in the fence that surrounds Nablus, where they are to meet a driver who will take them to Tel Aviv. But here the plan goes wrong, and Saïd and Khaled are separated.