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Almost Holy (2015)

Crocodile Gennadiy (original title)
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Gennadiy calls himself "Pastor Crocodile." He's known throughout Ukraine for his years working to rehabilitate drug-addicted kids. But he's also a vigilante who uses any force necessary to carry out his moral vision. Gennadiy believes he has made Mariupol a better place, but now, the violence in Ukraine threatens everything.

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Storyline

Gennadiy Mokhnenko has made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. As his country leans towards a European Union inclusion, hopes of continued post-Soviet revitalization seem possible. In the meantime, Gennadiy's center has evolved into a more nebulous institution.

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Rated R for disturbing content involving drugs and alcohol, sexual references and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Ukraine | USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

20 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost Holy See more »

Filming Locations:

Mariupol, Ukraine See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,195, 22 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,738, 5 June 2016
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2.35 : 1
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"Crocodile Gena" is a name of the character in the classic Soviet animated film "Cheburashka" See more »

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Music by Atticus Ross & Leopold Ross
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Dark, but uplifting, stylistic but simple
12 May 2015 | by Jackson WalkerSee all my reviews

Crocodile Gennadiy is a character driven documentary, and boy did they pick one hell of a character. The titular Crocodile Gennadiy is clearly a man who enjoys being on camera and knows how to carry himself in front of one. The subject matter of this film is not for the faint of heart, and contains some dark imagery, but it's a darkness that Gennadiy helps you navigate through. You see this hell he lives in and how he copes with it, you really begin to admire him, despite the fact that his actions frequently walk the line between humanitarianism and vigilantism. And on top of this all the film team did an amazing job capturing this man and his environment, the cinematography is top notch essentially creating a "beautiful hell" in the same vein as other great documentaries like Detropia and The Act of Killing.

But that last point is the one thing holding me back from a perfect rating. It's a bit TOO much in the style of other great docs to come out recently. It's a lovely style no doubt, but it'd be nice to some work try and slip away from it a bit into either new territory or old territory that has been abandoned.


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