Holy Lands

France, 2019, 100 min, Dir. Amanda Sthers, Not Rated


Coral Gables Art Cinema Mon, Jan 21 2:00 PM


Told with incredible humor and heart through career best performances by a stellar ensemble cast, Holy Lands chronicles several months in the lives of a dysfunctional family struggling to express their love for one another and accept each other the way they are. Lapsed Jew Harry (Academy Award-nominee James Caan) is a former cardiologist who suddenly decides to spend his retirement as a farmer in Nazareth, Israel, in a move which deeply shocks his family, the local community and rabbi, Moshe (BAFTA Award-winner Tom Hollander). Back in New York, his ex-wife Monica (Rosanna Arquette) is trying to manage the lives of their adult children Annabelle (Efrat Dor, from MJFF 2018 film The Zookeepers Wife) and David (Golden Globe-winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers), as well as her own, after finding out she has a brain tumor. Even as they are spread around the world and each grapple with challenges, their correspondence with one another sparkles with wit and levity. Filmed in the iconic landscapes of Israel, Holy Lands is a universal story about love, family, loss, and tolerance, and captures the humor and poignancy of an adult family striving to remain connected across time, geography, and radically different perspectives on life.