The Holy Land (2003)

The Holy Land

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Critic Consensus: This messy coming-of-age tale is of interest only because of where the story takes place.


Movie Info

A coming-of-age saga set against the tense backdrop of Arab-Israeli politics. Mendy is a young Rabbinical student whose mind is too full of curiosity about the world that exists outside the restrictions of Orthodox Judaism. Recognizing his distraction, Mendy's teacher suggests that he visit a prostitute to "get it out of his system." But on a fateful night, when he meets Sacha, a captivating Russian expatriate, who works in a Tel Aviv bordello, his appetite for outside experience only grows … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eitan Gorlin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 7, 2004
Runtime:
Cavu Pictures - Official Site

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Cast


as The Exterminator

as The Exterminator

as Mendy's Mother

as Prof. Milan

as Reuven

as The Boss

as Boris the Goon

as Reb Nochom

as Singing Rabbi
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Critic Reviews for The Holy Land

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (24)

Casts intriguing characters in interesting situations but leaves them adrift in a disjointed narrative that gives away its conclusion too early.

Full Review… | November 28, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Too many characters, each too quickly drawn, hobble the film's momentum.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A bit of a mess.

November 1, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

[Gorlin] tries to bring in too many elements without laying the groundwork for them or placing them in context.

Full Review… | October 31, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Fails to capture the anguish and struggles of an ultra-Orthodox Jew adapting to a more secular world.

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The movie flounders in a way that calls too much attention to itself -- and is hurt by jarring and unbelievable plot twists.

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Holy Land

½

The peyes being cut as a symbol of disillusionment is pretty poignant and sad. Rather depressing movie but pure talent from the mostly unknown actors.

dustybrand
harrison hayes

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