It Must Be Heaven

2019, Drama/Comedy, 1h 37m

49 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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An entrancing blend of the poignant and the absurd, It Must Be Heaven finds writer-director Elia Suleiman returning to action in peak form. Read critic reviews

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (2)

  • Suleiman is a master of slow-burning, cumulative humour; this is the kind of comedy that creeps up on you.

    June 20, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film proceeds as a deadpan joke book.

    June 16, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The mood is superbly sustained by emptying most of the locations of people. It's a soulful sort of comedy, rather than a thigh-slapper, but thoughtful is always better than its alternative.

    July 6, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Suleiman's whimsical brand of observational comedy has been compared to that of the French master, Jacques Tati, and there are certainly similarities, though the Palestinian is even more minimalistic.

    July 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As a director, [Elia] Suleiman knows how to compose the frame to get the most out of each gag, and as a performer, he recognizes that his arched eyebrows are powerful tools of comedy and employs them as such.

    February 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman's welcome return after a long absence takes him to Paris and New York, finding drollery much like at home.

    September 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Suleiman is a master of slow-burning, cumulative humour; this is the kind of comedy that creeps up on you.

    June 20, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film proceeds as a deadpan joke book.

    June 16, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The mood is superbly sustained by emptying most of the locations of people. It's a soulful sort of comedy, rather than a thigh-slapper, but thoughtful is always better than its alternative.

    July 6, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Suleiman's whimsical brand of observational comedy has been compared to that of the French master, Jacques Tati, and there are certainly similarities, though the Palestinian is even more minimalistic.

    July 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The face of Suleiman's passive observer - dismissive, truculent and weary - is more expressive than in previous films. He may have succeeded in escaping Palestine, but he eventually realizes that he has failed to escape the Palestine inside of him.

    July 3, 2021 | Full Review…
  • It Must Be Heaven is a brave example of the kind of political dissent that occurs outside of revolutions and riots - the quiet, timid kind of struggle that is constantly coursing beneath the surface of any society, occupied or not.

    June 30, 2021 | Full Review…

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