It Must Be Heaven

2019

It Must Be Heaven

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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.

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ES escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home. From award-winning director Elia Suleiman, a comic saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which Suleiman asks the fundamental question: where is the place we can truly call home?

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Critic Reviews for It Must Be Heaven

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (2)

  • 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…
  • 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…

    Ben Croll

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  • 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…
  • [Elia Suleiman]'s the straight man to an absurd world, remaining silent and largely impassive through a string of oblique, fanciful vignettes

    August 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Affably self-effacing meta-commentary blankets the film, skewering the very notion of a standard-bearing national artist by revealing how tenuous geographic borderlines can be.

    May 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For Suleiman, comedy is a kind of rhetorical non-violence. And yet there is also a pessimism here, a warning from a tarot card reader that a Palestinian state will not be seen in the protagonist's lifetime.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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