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Divine Intervention
Divine Intervention
7.4
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615 Ratings

DIVINE INTERVENTION

Yadon ilaheyya

Directed by Elia Suleiman
France, Morocco, 2002
Drama, Romance, War

Synopsis

E.S. cares for his ailing father in Jerusalem whilst conducting an affair with a Palestinian woman living in Ramallah. Barred from moving between the two cities, the lovers are forced to share their intimate moments in the shadow of an Israeli army checkpoint.

Synopsis

E.S. cares for his ailing father in Jerusalem whilst conducting an affair with a Palestinian woman living in Ramallah. Barred from moving between the two cities, the lovers are forced to share their intimate moments in the shadow of an Israeli army checkpoint.

Our take

Palestinian director Elia Suleiman brings darkly deadpan humor, surreal poetics, static long-shots, and Keaton-esque slapstick to explore the absurdity of life under occupation. With shades of Tati, Kaurismäki and Andersson, this masterful tragicomedy won both the Jury and FIPRESCI awards at Cannes.