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      It Must Be Heaven

      2019 1 hr. 37 min. Drama Comedy List
      96% 51 Reviews Tomatometer 66% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Read More Read Less
      It Must Be Heaven

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      Critics Consensus

      An entrancing blend of the poignant and the absurd, It Must Be Heaven finds writer-director Elia Suleiman returning to action in peak form.

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      Oleksii V Elia fights stereotypes about his own country by stereotyping western countries in very smart and funny way Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/11/24 Full Review Peter W Overall, I found this film to be quite quirky and pleasing. It is a film unlike anything I have seen before as a man enjoys travelling around many cities and enjoys observing those around him, even finding himself in many odd yet funny situations. Elia Suleiman serves not only as a lead actor but also as the film's writer and director. After viewing the film, I am confident that Elia Suleiman certainly has some talent and brings a fun movie that guarantees a smile from its audience. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/07/23 Full Review Ken R It Must Be Heaven – Or Endless Hedes? Here is a perfect example of less would be more. Chaplin, Keaton, Fields, etc, knew that if going for a string of episodic sight gags, you keep it simple and brief. The rants being lumped on this work are symptomatic of simplistic propaganda lovers – those who will see any ‘messages' they are told to see. The comparisons to Keaton are an insult to the great man, Tati? well, maybe OK, as he too, went on to become as hit and miss as Mr Suleiman. For a feature running 100mins, which solely consists of random absurdist sight gags, this is overkill. I can understand those that were honest enough to admit they could not even hold out to the finish (my audience left after the first painful 20mins) Visually, it looks good as it's obviously been lavished with endless bags of political money (Palestinian). Good cinema needs more than a big budget it requires honest talent, and knowing when to stop. One above-average scene remains memorable, involving a Sparrow and a laptop (must have also been popular with others, as there are now posters featuring it) But, most of the rest is forgettable. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 07/03/23 Full Review Audience Member A very inspiring movie! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a very wonderfull film; with a free critcs opinions about the live in Palestine, I think It's a diffrent oppionion with diffrent perspectif purely artistic. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member I didn't get it, there is a bunch of very smart and dark comedy scenes, but in its totality I couldn't grasp it and it is not quite inviting for a second time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Namrata Joshi The New Indian Express Suleiman’s comic drama on Palestinian roots and identity... Oct 26, 2023 Full Review Wendy Ide Observer (UK) Suleiman is a master of slow-burning, cumulative humour; this is the kind of comedy that creeps up on you. Rated: 3/5 Jun 20, 2021 Full Review Danny Leigh Financial Times The film proceeds as a deadpan joke book. Rated: 3/5 Jun 16, 2021 Full Review Jane Freebury The Canberra Times (Australia) As a Palestinian who makes funny films, Elia Suleiman has his job cut out, but this gentle, observational comedy about our fractious world is on message, and at the same time a pleasure to watch. Rated: 4/5 Aug 23, 2022 Full Review Joseph Fahim Middle East Eye The face of Suleiman's passive observer - dismissive, truculent and weary - is more expressive than in previous films. He may have succeeded in escaping Palestine, but he eventually realizes that he has failed to escape the Palestine inside of him. Jul 3, 2021 Full Review Cian Geoghegan Film Ireland Magazine It Must Be Heaven is a brave example of the kind of political dissent that occurs outside of revolutions and riots - the quiet, timid kind of struggle that is constantly coursing beneath the surface of any society, occupied or not. Jun 30, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Elia Suleiman
      Executive Producer
      Baher Agbariya
      Production Co
      Rectangle Productions, Possibles Média
      Drama, Comedy
      Original Language
      French (France)