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Holy Air (2017)

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Adam is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth - member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Shady Srour ... Adam
Laëtitia Eïdo ... Lamia
Samuel Calderon ... Priest Roberto (as Shmulik Calderon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yussuf Abu-Warda ... Gynecologist
Byan Anteer Byan Anteer ... Mohamed
Roberto Della Rocca ... Cardinal
Kher Fody Kher Fody ... Peddler 1
Husam Gulies Husam Gulies ... Peddler 3
Bashar Hassuneh Bashar Hassuneh ... The Thief
Smadar Jaaron Smadar Jaaron ... Whore
Khalil Kadoura Khalil Kadoura ... Peddler 2
Tarik Kopty ... Adam's father
Maisra Masri Maisra Masri ... Interviewer
Usmi Masri Usmi Masri ... Priest
Albir Mireb Albir Mireb ... Abu-Alhassan


Adam is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth - member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women's rights.

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Release Date:

4 October 2018 (Israel) See more »

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Lamia: It's a day that sanctifies Capitalism, turning affection into a product. How can we celebrate such a day when 90% of the women in Arab society don't reach sexual climax? That is orgasm. When most of us experience sexual harassment every day on the street... at work... at home! Sex has turned long ago into a man's dialogue instead of a dialogue between the two. Men perceive bed as a battlefield.
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Interesting but it manages to miss the mark
24 October 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Holy Air" seemed like it would be a quirky comedy...though I was surprised that the film really wasn't that funny. It is interesting, however, because it gives you a view of Israel you don't normally see...as the story is about a Christian man and his dealings with Christians, Muslims and Jews when he starts up a new business.

Adam is a rather sullen man...and knowing what he's thinking isn't very easy during the film. He has a wife who is very, very different...she's very expressive and at times unpredictable. And, because Adam is so difficult to read, his wife has no idea he's quit his job in order to try being an entrepreneur. What is this business idea? He'll bottle air from one of the holiest sites and sell it to suckers...I mean 'pilgrims'. But to do so he'll have to work with the various powers within the community. At the same time, he has to deal with his wife's pregnancy and a dying father.

Again and again, the film could have gone for the funny, quirky angle but didn't. So, if you are expecting a comedy (like the audience here at the film festival), you'll be disappointed. In addition, the movie more or less just ends...with only some resolution to the plot points but some left dangling. This was the biggest complaint I overheard about the film. So, apart from some clever insights about the various religious groups, the film left me wanting more...much more.

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