Saï¿½d's day takes a turn for the better when a beautiful young woman named Suha (Lubna Azabal) brings her car in for repairs. From their spirited interaction, it is apparent that there is a budding romance growing between them.
Saï¿½d is approached by middle-aged Jamal (Amer Hlehel), a point man for an unnamed Palestinian organization who informs Saï¿½d that he and Khaled have been chosen to carry out a strike in Tel Aviv. They have been chosen for this mission as a team, because each had expressed a wish that if either is to die a martyr, the other would want to die alongside his best friend.
Saï¿½d and Khaled have been preparing for this moment for most of their lives. They spend a last night at home -- although they must keep their impending mission secret even from their families. During the night Saï¿½d sneaks off to see Suha one last time. Suha's moderate views, having been educated in Europe, and Saï¿½d's burgeoning conflicted conscience cause him to stop short of explaining why he has come to say good-bye.
The following day, Saï¿½d and Khaled are lead to a hole in the fence that marks the Israeli border, where they are to meet a driver who will take them to Tel Aviv. But here the plan goes wrong, and Saï¿½d and Khaled are separated.
"Paradise Now" follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.
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