Holy Land, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Coarse drama set in Jerusalem in which a young rabbinical student (Oren Rehany) leaves his Orthodox family to explore the secular world of the sacred city where he falls for a prostitute (Tchelet Semel) while working at a seedy bar owned by a loud-mouthed American (Saul Stein) whom he befriends. Although writer-director Eitan Gorlin's film subtly underscores the complex cultural and religious conflicts in Jerusalem, its exploitative scenes and plodding pace detract from the coming-of-age story line that ultimately fails to engage. A few explicit sexual encounters, full frontal nudity, some drug use, and intermittent rough language with minimal profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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