THE HOLY LAND

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Release Date: July 11, 2003

Starring: Albert Illouz, Aryeh Moskona,
Oren Rehany, Tchelet, Semel,
and Saul Stein

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr THE HOLY LAND tells the
story of a rabbinical student
who wants to experience life
before settling down to his
studies. He gets in way above
his head, and as the
consequences of his choices
unfold, the movie clearly
makes the point that “the
wages of sin is death.”
Getting to this point,
however, is a depressing state
of affairs. The movie opens
with orthodox rabbinical
student Mandy masturbating.
Eventually, when the Rabbi
sees that Mandy can’t
concentrate on his studies, he
tells Mandy that in extreme
situations, students sometimes
visit a prostitute. Mandy goes
to a strip club and becomes
enamored with a prostitute
named Sasha. Eventually, he
teams up with her and goes to
work at a bar in Jerusalem,
run by a Communist
revolutionary named Mike. Mike
is best friends with an Arab
revolutionary and a Jewish
provocateur. They all want
Israel to explode so that
their respective revolutions
can pick up the pieces. In
Mandy’s weakness, he allows
himself to be used by
everyone, and regrettably he
uses Sasha in the process. The
rabbi comes to tell him he’s
on the wrong track and must
come back to the rabbinical
school. He tells Mandy that
Mandy is defiling the Holy
Land and the Holy city of
Jerusalem. Mandy doesn’t see
the disaster consuming him and
Israel, or the fact that his
desires are leading him
astray. Eventually, Mandy is
condemned by his sin. THE HOLY
LAND is an extremely
depressing and tawdry movie.
To make its point, sin is
shown in its naked ugliness.
Strippers are shown in every
possible position, as is
sexual activity. The problem
is that the vivid depiction of
sin is so great that it could
possibly entice those without
moral bearings who watch the
film. Some of the acting,
especially the Sasha
character, is brilliant. Some
is mediocre. The direction is
uneven, as is the script.
There are better ways to make
the point that the wages of
sin is death. Watching THE
HOLY LAND is an unholy
experience. Please address
your comments to: Michael
Sergio, President CAVU
Pictures office: 212
246-6300 email:
ms@cavupictures.com

Rating: Not Rated by the MPAA

Runtime: 96 minutes

Distributor: CAVU Releasing

Director:

Executive Producer:

Producer:

Writer: Eitan Gorlin

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Content:

(B, AbAb, LLL, V, SSS, NNN, AAA, DDD, M) Morality tale with a tremendous amount of filth and degradation; 23 obscenities and three profanities; man kicked, scuffle in bar, and bomb blast in bus; masturbation, fornication clearly shown and oral sex suggested; full female nudity and upper male nudity; drinking; smoking and drugs such as hashish and marijuana; and, corruption, rebellion, and warfare.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

THE HOLY LAND explicitly tells the tawdry morality tale of a rabbinical student who wants to sow his wild oats before settling down to his studies. The vivid depiction of sin is so great that it could possibly entice those moviegoers with either weak or no moral bearings and is not recommended for the Media Wise viewer.

Review:

THE HOLY LAND tells the story of a rabbinical student who wants to experience life before settling down to his studies. He gets in way above his head, and as the consequences of his choices unfold, the movie clearly makes the point that “the wages of sin is death.” Getting to this point, however, is a depressing state of affairs.

The movie opens with orthodox rabbinical student Mandy masturbating. Eventually, when the Rabbi sees that Mandy can’t concentrate on his studies, he tells Mandy that in extreme situations, students sometimes visit a prostitute.

Mandy goes to a strip club and becomes enamored with a prostitute named Sasha. Eventually, he teams up with her and goes to work at a bar in Jerusalem, run by a Communist revolutionary named Mike. Mike is best friends with an Arab revolutionary and a Jewish provocateur. They all want Israel to explode so that their respective revolutions can pick up the pieces. In Mandy’s weakness, he allows himself to be used by everyone, and regrettably he uses Sasha in the process.

The rabbi comes to tell him he’s on the wrong track and must come back to the rabbinical school. He tells Mandy that Mandy is defiling the Holy Land and the Holy city of Jerusalem. Mandy doesn’t see the disaster consuming him and Israel, or the fact that his desires are leading him astray. Eventually, Mandy is condemned by his sin.

THE HOLY LAND is an extremely depressing and tawdry movie. To make its point, sin is shown in its naked ugliness. Strippers are shown in every possible position, as is sexual activity. The problem is that the vivid depiction of sin is so great that it could possibly entice those without moral bearings who watch the film.

Some of the acting, especially the Sasha character, is brilliant. Some is mediocre. The direction is uneven, as is the script. There are better ways to make the point that the wages of sin is death. Watching THE HOLY LAND is an unholy experience.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Sergio, President

CAVU Pictures

office: 212 246-6300

email: ms@cavupictures.com

SUMMARY: THE HOLY LAND explicitly tells the tawdry morality tale of a rabbinical student who wants to sow his wild oats before settling down to his studies. The vivid depiction of sin is so great that it could possibly entice those moviegoers with either weak or no moral bearings and is not recommended for the Media Wise viewer.

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