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The Holy Land (2001)

R | | Drama | 2001 (Israel)
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... See full summary »

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Mendy
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Mike
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Razi
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The Exterminator (as Ariel Moskuna)
Alon Dahan ...
Reb Nocham (Mendy's Rabbi)
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Professor Milan (as Moscu Alcalay)
Liat Bein ...
Mendy's Mother
Yehoyachin Friedlander ...
Mendy's Father
Lanny Shahaf ...
Exterminator's Wife
Lupo Berkowitch ...
Daryl (as Lupo Berkowitz)
Arie Hassfari ...
Jamal (schoolboy)
Harel Noff ...
Hobo Priest
Icho Avital ...
Bar Patron
Louise Asher ...
Screaming Lady
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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

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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2001 (Israel)  »

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Eretz HaKodesh  »

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Box Office

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$4,017 (USA) (14 November 2003)

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$586,438 (USA) (12 December 2003)
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Well... The *girl* was cute.
9 August 2003 | by (Irvine, California) – See all my reviews

I'm originally *from* Israel. I was born there and lived there until I was 11, when my parents moved us to California.

And the nicest thing I can think to say about this movie is that the female lead was cute.

Every single character in this movie was a stereotype. Every single character in this movie was fairly unlikable. Most of the main characters were scheming and backhanded. The overall message I got from the movie was that everyone in Israel is scummy and that this will never change, that no one there is capable of overcoming, of transcending... The hatred and anger and backhanded schemingness.

Another important thing to point out is that despite all this evil, the movie's pace was *tremendously* slow and completely monotonous. I went to see this with my father, and when the movie started there were maybe... 10 people in the theater. By the time it ended, my father and I were alone.

And my father had fallen asleep.


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