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Next Year Jerusalem (2014)

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Choosing life in life's final chapter is the poignant subtext of this new powerful documentary, a lyrical portrait of eight nursing home residents who make a pilgrimage to Israel. Offered a seat on the bus for a 10-day tour, the viewer accompanies individuals with various personal theologies in and out of museums, crossing Israeli landscapes from mountains to desert. But Next Year Jerusalem is less a story about tourists in a foreign land than it is a meditation on the sanctity of human

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Sure, some of these dames and geezers are fun, and it's heartening to see them pushing themselves for what's likely their last expedition, yet Gaynes forgets that even schmaltz needs salt and pepper.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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What elevates the film beyond a video scrapbook ... are the glimpses of the routines and slow rhythms of the nursing home before and after this adventure, laced with unspoken insights ...

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Life can begin at 90 -- something which this appealing doc demonstrates with admirable humanity.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Moving, charming, warm and wise.

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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