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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: Derek Elley
    70
    There's a fable-like quality to this first feature by documaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz that packs just as much punch as a more "serious," didactic movie while entertaining the viewer at the same time.
  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