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  • Summary: Palestinian director and performer Elia Suleiman delivers a darkly comic masterpiece. Suleiman utilizes irreverence, wit, mysticism and insight to craft an intense, hallucinogenic and extremely adept exploration of the dreams and nightmares of Palestinians and Israelis living in uncertainPalestinian director and performer Elia Suleiman delivers a darkly comic masterpiece. Suleiman utilizes irreverence, wit, mysticism and insight to craft an intense, hallucinogenic and extremely adept exploration of the dreams and nightmares of Palestinians and Israelis living in uncertain times. (Avatar Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The Divine Intervention of the title lies somewhere between hope and fantasy. In a world in which Santa Claus is assaulted in Nazareth, what do you have left?
  2. Guaranteed to infuriate anyone with strongly partisan opinions about the region. The film offers up simultaneous critiques of Palestinian and Israeli extremism, but the most radical thing about it is that it's often disquietingly funny.
  3. 80
    As pristine a distillation of Palestinian rage as I've seen outside the evening news.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The Academy accepts submissions only from real countries, and Palestine isn't one. This is as good a joke, and as dark, as anything in the movie.
  5. 75
    A mordant and bleak comedy, almost without dialogue, about Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
  6. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Always imaginative, often arresting, but sometimes just too clever by half.
  7. Thereare moving moments in this over-hyped satire by the Israeli-Arab writer-director-actor Elia Suleiman, and it's fascinating to get a picture of daily life in prosperous Palestinian neighborhoods.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. BruceS.
    Mar 13, 2006
    1
    This film was numblingly pretentious. In the beginning, there are a few hilarious moments involving cantankerous old men, soccer balls, and This film was numblingly pretentious. In the beginning, there are a few hilarious moments involving cantankerous old men, soccer balls, and broken bottles. Then there's a lot of watching characters sit and stare. There's barely any dialogue in the entire film. Finally, the female lead, who's never spoken, suddenly turns into a superhero and takes part in a bizarre fight sequence where she flies around and kicks the ... out of some soldiers. Maybe the film's not supposed to make any sense, but it's neither interesting nor cathartic enough to impress me as an allegory for war. Expand

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