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A man makes frequent trips out his front door carrying a bag of trash which he throws over the fence into his neighbor's garden. When he spots the neighbor throwing the debris back into his yard he confronts her and lectures her on personal responsibility and communication skills.
A red balloon adorned with the face of Yasser Arafat floats over an Israeli check point, into the old city of Jerusalem, landing atop the Dome of the Rock mosque.
Critique: These are just a few of the surreal, symbolist sequences presented by director Elia Suleiman in the '02 message movie `Divine Intervention'. I didn't know anything about this movie before viewing it except that it dealt with the ongoing social/political situation in the Middle East.
From the title I mistakenly assumed that it was going to be presented from the Jewish perspective. However once into the film I found it personally and profoundly relevant and somewhat disturbing to discover that the hope and longing for "Divine Intervention" doesn't solely reside in the arena of the Christian and Jewish faiths. The fact that I hadn't considered the possibility that the Arab community hopes and dreams for the same thing was humbling and somewhat telling.
`Divine Intervention" opened my mind to the realization of my spiritual/political myopia and if for no other reason that fact makes this film worth viewing.Read more ›
despair...nearly all at the same time! I've watched this film so many times, never tiring of its "under your skin" connection even at the most absurd moments. I began watching it with a Western analytical approach but soon learned that this story MUST be appreciated slowly from the heart and soul..it then seeps into all the pours and cells to a clarity that only a "parable" could deliver. A superb soundtrack!
Some moments: a man drives through Nazareth, waving at pedestrians and motorists, cursing each one more elaborately than the last through a clenched smile; a teenager in a soccer jersey accidentally bounces a ball onto a roof--as if just waiting for such an event, the homeowner emerges with a knife and stabs the ball flat before returning it to the boy; some Israeli police are approached by a tourist for directions to the Old City, and when they are unable to help her, a blindfolded Palestinian in their custody is told to direct her--with the blindfold still on, of course; a perspective of a hospital corridor gives an intricately-choreographed view of everyone from medical staff to cardiac patients smoking cigarettes and pacing, some of them with drip bags in tow; a man whose father has just died chops onions and weeps.
The opening 30 minutes all take place in static shots that are placed no more than about twenty meters from each other.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Uneven, but very funny in parts (especially the beginning). Elia Suleiman (writer, director, star) seems to be a cross between Jacques Tati and David Lynch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laeki&Ryszko
This movie is appallingly bad. I would honestly recommend sock puppet over this boring, asinine piece of garbage.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting movie, especially to get a birds-eye view of another's viewpoint quite different from one's own.Published 2 months ago by lisanne
A remarkably quirky, almost surrealistic movie. The political position (pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli) is not hidden, but it's so weird and in places funny that it's not heavy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. P.
Almost no dialogue here. With the exception of a fantasy scene near the end the movie is a collection of vignettes, daily life in the West Bank under Israel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by antigone trimis
This movie is very strange. I didn't really understand the comedy of it but that is okay. It made me laughPublished on February 25, 2013 by bandita
Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Was very funny and showed the randomness of human life as well as funny caricatures of Israeli-Palestinian life.Published on July 24, 2011 by Hayro
Litteraly, a waste of time and everything if you decide to watch this. pointless and not funny, as a matter of fact I couldnt stand watching 15 minutes of it...Published on June 20, 2011 by Mark
The book showed tons of promise from the outset, but it slowly sort of flowed downhill from there. I was expecting a surreal comedy but the film is a sea of surrealty and no... Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Thomas P. Noland
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