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Aro Recommended Paradise Now


Palestine 2005, 90 minutes
Dir. Hany Abu-Assad
In Arabic with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Suspense/Crime / Hostages & Terrorism

Topics: Religion.


Aroview: This extraordinarily brave film shadows the martyrdom of two Palestinian friends recruited by an extremist group to perpetrate a suicide bombing in Tel-Aviv.

The knife edge of life and death makes for enthralling drama, while its direct and clear-headedness is precisely what made it so contentious in its native Palestine. Being made before, but released here after, the Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, the film could be seen as prescient, perhaps even influential, and surely resonates in ways the film-makers never anticipated.

NZ International Film Festival 2005

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DVD Features

  • deleted scenes
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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