It Must Be Heaven


It Must Be Heaven

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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?


Critic Reviews for It Must Be Heaven

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

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

    Aug 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…
  • Whimsical and wistful yet infused with a yearning for the stability of place...

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Top Critic
  • Filmmaker and actor Elia Suleiman uses his own face and body to express the soul of Palestine in his films, and nowhere more so than in his droll new comedy, It Must Be Heaven.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While "It Must Be Heaven" doesn't exactly find a solution to the crisis of Palestinian identity, it does stand out as a somewhat more hopeful work than the director's previous outings.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic

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