Packed with witty visual gags, comic vignettes and moments of spectacular fantasy, Divine Intervention portrays the mood of the escalating conflict in the Middle East with wicked and subversive humour. Palestinian director Elia Suleiman himself plays the central character who 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, from where they observe the daily feuds between the troops and civilians. Recalling the comic genius of Jacques Tati and deadpan delivery of Buster Keaton, Suleiman's bravaura film is a passionate and surreal depiction of the political and human situation in the occupied territories.
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