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...
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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 stronger. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
a very brave, honest film with fascinating characters.
In a way, a Casablanca for the new millenium. An American ex-pat war photog owns a bar named Mike's Place which operates as a legal, political, and social neutral zone somewhere in Jerusalem. Into this mix comes a young (18?) yeshiva student seeking worldly exposure, a similarly young Ukranian prostitute with hope for a better life, a middle aged arab smuggler, an M-15 toting jewish taxi driver preparing for the Messiah, priests, rabbis, professors, rock musicians, porn producers, and Mike, the catalyst for some unexpected detours through the modern Israeli landscape.
Filled with memorable performances, honest portrayals, dialogue in at least four languages, and a plot which combines the profane with the sacred at a variety of levels. At its core, a beautiful film about a love and tragic choices.
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