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Divine Intervention (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Suleiman utilizes absurdist humor to craft a provocative, original film.

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Director Elia Suleiman uses a mixture of romantic comedy and quirky humor to shed light on the problems of Palestinians in Yadon Ilaheyya (Divine Intervention). E.S. (Suleiman and his girlfriend Manal Khader), because they live in separate cities, must meet near an Israeli checkpoint. The film is little more than a series of usually comic but occasionally poignant scenes in which Suleiman and others must confront any number of Israeli nemeses. Suleiman's second film, Divine Interventions, was screened in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

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Cast

Manal Khader
as The Woman
George Ibrahim
as Santa Clause
George Khleifi
as Jerusalem Neighbor
Avi Kleinberger
as Trainer & Tax Collector
Saiman Natour
as Uncle's Friend
Menashe Noy
as Soldier on Checkpoint
Lufuf Nuweiser
as Neighbor with American Van
Read Masarweh
as Abu Basil
Bassem Loulou
as Abu Amer
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Critic Reviews for Divine Intervention

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (20)

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.

June 20, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It makes for an intriguing example of how to use art, rather than bombs, to make a sustained political point.

Full Review… | May 8, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Simmering, sharply observed work.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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… | April 25, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A film whose eerie blend of deadpan wit and inner angst upset all your expectations.

April 24, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A pleasant surprise.

April 4, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Divine Intervention

Revisiting it again it's nice to see Suleiman in an even better and more coherent narrative in his 2010 The Time That Remains.

Andreas Winkelman
Andreas Winkelman

A thoughtful well paced drama with comedic bits outlining a very personal and tortured relationship between Palestinians at the wrong side of a checkpoint.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Art drenched in mythological symbols,yes?Most certainly,and poesie is included on the humanitarian cycle.Suleiman inherits the Tati syndrome and with a few Keaton persona strife,the facial expression reflects the round-up of his marvelous essence.Divine Intervention is a groundbreaking achievement,Kaurismaki must be jealous not for the political satire but for the deadpan environment!!!

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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