Divine Intervention (2003)
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as The Woman
as The Father
as Santa Clause
as Soldier on Checkpoint
as Jerusalem Neighbor
as Abu Amer
as Uncle's Friend
as Neighbor with American Van
as Abu Basil
as Um Elias
Critic Reviews for Divine Intervention
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.
It makes for an intriguing example of how to use art, rather than bombs, to make a sustained political point.
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.
A film whose eerie blend of deadpan wit and inner angst upset all your expectations.
A pleasant surprise.
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.
A thoughtful well paced drama with comedic bits outlining a very personal and tortured relationship between Palestinians at the wrong side of a checkpoint.
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!!!
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