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Hamesima X's Overwrought Mysticism Is Saved By Human Drama

25 April 2013 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Constructed as a Socratic dialogue in an Israeli government interrogation room, Hamesima X sees a hard-drinking, hardass Mossad agent questioning an untraceable stranger who somehow infiltrated a top-secret facility. The prisoner (played with gentle confidence by co-director Yuval Ovadia) takes control of the conversation immediately, directing it away from concrete issues of "Who are you and why are you here?" to the more existential question: "Who are we, and why are we here?" Unknown to the investigator (Shalom Sharon Raginiano), the interrogee is a visitor from beyond with a mission to spread the secrets of the Kabbalah. Which he does, aided by stock-footage montages whenever he gets long-winded. The filmmakers add personal stakes to the evangelism—the investigator's m »

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