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    Reader comments on Divine Intervention

    Subject: Linear narratives and Western lenses
    Date: Dec 22, 2003
    Sender: RoxsanaPrevious | Next

    I found the review of this splendid movie interesting in that there is acknowledgment of how Western audiences would respond to the lack of linearity in the narrative structure of this movie.

    However, the point which I feel is missed entirely in this very simple review of a rather noteworthy film is an indepth understanding of the cultural nuances and the specific genre - yes, this movie could have done much more but then it would be catering to a largely Western audience and lose that which makes it so unique.

    This movie hinges very much on disparate scenes of everyday life, the mundane and then the strange colaescing to form a narrative whole. The interconnectedness of the disparate items comes not from its relationship to each other in a western style beginning, middle and end of the narrative structure. Instead it forces the viewer to use an intutive sense to assemble a cogent understanding. So as one of your reader's aptly noted the house which is attacked is that of a collaborator and will resonate with people who live in politically conflictual contexts worldwide and not just in Palestine.

    Furthermore, the restricted dialogue and use of metaphor are common facets of quality Middle Eastern movies. If you are familiar with Middle Eastern movies particularly Iranian movies, you will appreciate the lack of linear narrative and the focus on other forms of communication instead of the mind numbing dialogue so pervasive in most Hollywood movies.

    On a socio-political note, pity about the Oscars but not surprisingly in the least. Most of my American friends have either not watched this incredible movie which really deserves laudable reviews and claim that they have not done so because of the restriction showing in the US. My personal sense is that prejudice often creates dogma and inertia/denial of facing certain harsh realities of life under oppression, which feature actually both implicity and explicit in this movie and this is what makes it such a subtly crafted film.

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    Comment index:

  • Divine Intervention   from SUSANNAH, Apr 1, 2003
  • point of clarification   from saira, Apr 15, 2003
  • We need more movies like these   from sayyed, Jun 13, 2003
  • Strange "This is not avail anywhere in the US   from AM Matari, Nov 25, 2003
  • Divine Intervention   from Hanan, Dec 1, 2003
  • » Linear narratives and Western lenses «   from Roxsana, Dec 22, 2003
  • Divine Intervention   from Anne Dick, Feb 17, 2004
  • GARBAGE   from kushkush, Dec 18, 2005
  • Manal Khader   from patrick, May 18, 2008
  • Divine Intervention   from jose, Mar 5, 2009
  • Divine Intervention   from Arthur , Sep 6, 2012
  • Divine Intervention   from SUSANNAH, Apr 1, 2003
  • point of clarification   from saira, Apr 15, 2003
  • We need more movies like these   from sayyed, Jun 13, 2003
  • Strange "This is not avail anywhere in the US   from AM Matari, Nov 25, 2003
  • Divine Intervention   from Hanan, Dec 1, 2003
  • » Linear narratives and Western lenses «   from Roxsana, Dec 22, 2003
  • Divine Intervention   from Anne Dick, Feb 17, 2004
  • GARBAGE   from kushkush, Dec 18, 2005
  • Manal Khader   from patrick, May 18, 2008
  • Divine Intervention   from jose, Mar 5, 2009
  • Divine Intervention   from Arthur , Sep 6, 2012