New Jerusalem


New Jerusalem (2012)



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A former soldier finds himself in a new land and dealing with unfamiliar attitudes in this independent drama from filmmaker R. Alverson. Born and raised in Ireland, Sean (Colm O'Leary) came to the United States and joined the Army, serving a hitch in Afghanistan. After receiving his discharge, Sean settles in Richmond, Virginia, where he feels like an outsider in his new environment. Sean takes a job at a tire shop and meets fellow employee Ike (Will Oldham), who immediately takes an interest in Sean. While the former soldier is a man who has seen a bit of the world and is open to hearing the ideas of others, Ike's focus in life is more straightforward -- he is a born again Christian who believes Jesus is the guide on the only path worth taking. While Sean doesn't seem to share Ike's beliefs, he's too diplomatic to tell his new friend that, and he finds himself led aggressively into Ike's version of faith despite his misgivings. New Jerusalem received its North American premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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The movie is undeniably sincere, but it's oblique to the point of being opaque.

Dec 6, 2012 | Full Review…

An intense study of these two men and their barren work in a shabby store by the side of a highway.

Dec 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[Feels] like an acting exercise in search of a theater class ...

Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

While New Jerusalem's rigid formalism will surely be off-putting to some, there's beauty to be found in the film's sheen of placid grime.

Nov 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Deep insights into what Marx called "the opiate of the people" from America's most interesting indie director.

Jan 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Unlike the soul-searching characters from Old Joy, which also stars Will Oldham, Ike and Sean always feel as if they've fallen out of the sky just for the film's setup.

Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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