• Unrated, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Elia Suleiman
    In Theaters:
    Jan 17, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 12, 2005
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Yadon Ilaheyya (Divine Intervention) (Chronicle of Love and Pain) Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

a film to be studied and analyzed. Too bad it's not accessible enough to connect on an entertainment level.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 22, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Becomes oppressive as Suleiman relies on pro-Palestinian propaganda.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

April 1, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Aside from getting a unique opportunity to view daily life in Nazareth, this film has little else to offer that's appealing.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

February 6, 2003
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Life in the Arab-Israeli region has a random and arbitrary unintelligibility, if this surreal stylization validly reflects it. But, validity comes into question.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 7, 2005
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

Elia Suleiman is a talented man who made a striking film to voice the sorrows of his people and there are sorrows to be lamented, but his film is drawn from an ugliness and intellectual dishonesty that besmirches any lesson that could possibly be extracte

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2006
Tom Dawson
BBC.com

Unfortunately the gags here vary enormously in their effectiveness.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2003
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY

Frequently hilarious and frustratingly underdeveloped at the same time.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 2, 2002

The movie is so busy being clever, in ways that don't fit with each other, that it is unable to communicate.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 2, 2003
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

A mixed bag of angry social satire, as scattershot as an Uzi, hitting many of its targets with about as much subtlety.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

January 10, 2003
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Veers uneasily and unsatisfyingly from kitschy, agitprop surrealism to a laconic spareness that is less profound than tedious.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2003
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

May be too culture-specific for most Americans, but international film lovers should seek it out

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2003
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Don't try for Buster Keaton deadpan effects unless you have Buster Keaton.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2003
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Some of Suleiman's symbols are maddeningly obtuse, while others -- like the final shot of a pressure cooker -- are ridiculously obvious.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 15, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The visual puns, sight gags and the little parables told by the few speaking characters are rarely laugh-out-loud funny. But they provoke thought, debate and diverse interpretations.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a non-narrative film that mixes agitprop with Pythonesque silliness and an almost stately, rueful kind of slapstick that recalls Buster Keaton in tone if not physicality.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B+

January 17, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Suleiman's argument seems to be that the situation between Palestinians and Israelis has settled into an hopeless stalemate, in which everyday life incorporates elements of paranoia, resentment and craziness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2003
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A collection of repetitive, seemingly unrelated vignettes, as symbolic as they are self-consciously waggish.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 13, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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This Competition film achieves a level of artistry and firm control over a clear, concise vision that makes it worthy of festival honors.

December 23, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

While its deadpan comedy recalls Jim Jarmusch, and its deep humanity might remind you of Abbas Kiarostami, Divine Intervention is calmly unsettling in a way that feels entirely new.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 2, 2003
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

A hard film to get, but an enjoyable one to watch.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

August 27, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 8, 2003
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 19, 2003
Elbert Ventura
PopMatters
February 21, 2003
Neil Norman
This is London
January 18, 2003

Guardian
January 20, 2003

FilmFour.com
January 21, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 9, 2003

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
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