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  • Summary: In the imaginary village of Entshongweni, very far from western civilization, the young James is chosen to undertake a mission - a pilgrimage to holy Jerusalem. (Zeitgeist Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. 88
    This wise, clever Israeli film reintroduces the once-popular concept of film as allegory, as it follows a Christian pilgrim on his bumpy road to salvation.
  2. 75
    A parable about greed. But don't let that serious-sounding description keep you away. It also is funny, knowing and immensely enjoyable.
  3. Isn't glossy, but it has a thought-provoking mix of skepticism, hopefulness, and respect for all but its most scurrilous characters. Hollywood could learn from its canny blending of psychological and multicultural insights.
  4. A wonderfully unsentimental parable that backs no horses in the movie's secular/religious dualities.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Its brightly colored surfaces and chirpy, picaresque tone notwithstanding, filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowciz's first feature is a scathing condemnation of the rampant venality he perceives as having gripped his country.
  6. You'd think that the film would ask you to be appalled at this scenario of forced servitude -- but no, it's treated as harmless and cute, like an Israeli ''Chico and the Man.''

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2