Twist of faith

Movie: The Holy Land

Our Rating: 4.00

In Eitan Gorlin's challenging drama, a libido-crazed rabbinical student (Oren Rehany) immerses himself in the seedier pleasures of Jerusalem. There, he falls in with a strange mélange of gregarious American barkeeps, Arab smugglers and gun-toting Israeli militants, all of whom coexist in an apparent state of boozy tolerance. Gorlin's main agenda is to show that young Mendy hasn't at all found the respite from Judaism he perceives, but there's just as much torque to the relationship between this naïf and his hooker of choice (Tchelet Semel, perfectly replicating the contempt that resides beneath a sex worker's flirtations).

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