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Divine Intervention(يد إلهية‎)

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France, Morocco, Germany · 2002
1h 32m
Director Elia Suleiman
Starring Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, George Ibrahim, Amer Daher
Genre Drama, Romance

Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings. Their daily lives are fundamentally defined by the divisions between them, like the other Palestinians currently under Israeli occupation. A bleak, dark comedy about two lovers in a world and a country that cares nothing for them or their happiness.

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Village Voice by J. Hoberman

A movie of long, expressive silences, Divine Intervention articulates things that have never been articulated, at least on the screen.


Boston Globe by Ty Burr

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.