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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 »

Director:

Eitan Gorlin

Writer:

Eitan Gorlin

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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oren Rehany ... Mendy
Tchelet Semel ... Natasha "Sasha" Sonsova
Saul Stein ... Mike
Albert Iluz ... Razi
Aryeh Moskona ... The Exterminator (as Ariel Moskuna)
Alon Dahan ... Reb Nocham (Mendy's Rabbi)
Mosko Alkalai ... Professor Milan (as Moscu Alcalay)
Liat Bein ... Mendy's Mother
Yehoyachin Friedlander Yehoyachin Friedlander ... Mendy's Father
Lanny Shahaf Lanny Shahaf ... Exterminator's Wife
Lupo Berkowitch ... Daryl (as Lupo Berkowitz)
Aryeh Hasfari Aryeh Hasfari ... Jamal (schoolboy) (as Arie Hassfari)
Harel Noff Harel Noff ... Hobo Priest
Icho Avital ... Bar Patron
Louise Asher 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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

Israel

Language:

English | Arabic | Russian | Hebrew

Release Date:

2001 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Eretz HaKodesh See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,014, 11 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$603,520, 23 January 2004
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Color
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Excellent, thought-provoking
23 August 2003 | by fuzzycraigSee all my reviews

Terrific acting and solid writing bolster this coming-of-age tale set in pre-intifada Israel, a morally corrupt place, where nobody seems to be doing the right thing. Particularly interesting is the teenage prostitute Sacha, through whom we see the psychological effects of continued sexual exploitation. Though this is not a story about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, per se, the conflict remains constantly in the background, further complicating the moral landscape. This is not a political film about who's right and who's wrong in the middle east, but rather a personal film about individuals trying to find their way in a particularly insane corner of the world.


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