Last Days in the Desert

Last Days in the Desert

DVD - 2016
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Follow Jesus in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with the Devil over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts.

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JCLEdwardR Mar 03, 2017

I think this film finds success in its simplicity and subtleties when approaching a fictionalized story about Jesus in the desert. Naturally, Ewan McGreggor does a fine job playing the antagonist and protagonist.

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rslade
Jan 28, 2017

Not going on the "Easter movie" list ...

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wiredonjava
Dec 09, 2016

Captured Satan's persona, being the sadistic trickster that he is but as far as Jesus demanding his fortune to be read by his 'evil identical twin'? I think that was a tad farfetched. And who'd ask a fasting waif to be their anchor for the rope holding their weight whilst rock climbing?

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ms_mustard
Nov 17, 2016

Contemplative
Fathers, sons
Temptation

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DiabloDog
Nov 04, 2016

Boring / Depressing

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hammer59
Sep 10, 2016

Pretty interesting and very original. Very well done.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2016

A holy man made treks in an unforgiving desert (filmed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California) enduring temptations from his evil doppelganger. In passing, he decided to help a teenager with his overbearing father and gravely ill mother. I got the humanized characterization of Yeshua but the spiritual interpretation of the events in his encounter with the family of three were uninspiring or way over my head.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2016

Have you found what you were looking for out here?
-Yes. Yes, I have.
What were you looking for?
I was looking for a place to reflect and to pray in peace. A place to look inward and to find myself.
-I walk out there, too. Sometimes when I'm out there, I feel this thing rising inside of me, that I am everything and that everything is me. That I will always be alive. Forever. And it's very conceited,
I know, to feel that way. I'm ashamed of that feeling.
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A boy needs his father's permission to become a man. It's perverse, isn't it?
-Love God above all things. Love life.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2016

I could tell you what would've happened if you'd passed by this place a moment earlier. Would you like to know? The boy would not have met you. After the mother's ...
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Why do you live here?
-Because the desert is ruthless. It strips you of your vanities, your illusions and gives you the opportunity to see yourself for who you are. Isn't that why you're here? Because your god speaks louder here?
God speaks wherever a man wants to listen.
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Riddles (answers in the film:)
How far can a man walk into the desert?
What part of a bird doesn't fly?
I am stronger than 10 men and I am taller than 10 men, but a boy can carry me. What am I?

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2016

I am a liar. That is the truth. I've seen every shooting star since the first one. Every flash of lightning. I've heard the last gasp of each thing that ever lived. Nothing's interesting anymore. Nothing surprises you? Not a thing? The repetitiveness. The obstinate, dull repetitiveness of your father's plan is bewildering to me. The same lives lived over and over and over and over again. Is there a plan? It all has to turn into something, it has to pour out into something, but into what? And that's my weakness, curiosity. But I'll stay as long as it takes, forever, to witness the end. The final sunset. If there is one. Maybe on that day, late in the afternoon, seconds away, he'll want to start it all over again, from the beginning. He's done it before. Recreated the whole thing, retold the whole thing. On a whim. With little differences that must mean the world to him, a branch that crooks in a different direction, one egg more or less in the nest of a flea. ...

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2016

In your holy man comings-and-goings, have you learned any medicine? Cures are the only things worth seeking. For pain, suffering. The rest is just...
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Your good intentions will be wasted here. They don't need us to ruin their lives. They'll do that all by themselves. Do you know what I do when they're finally mine? I have them watch the life they've lived
over and over again. Forever.
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If you can solve this entanglement, this knot, to the satisfaction of the mother, the father and the child, I'll stay out of your way for the rest of your journey home.
-And if I fail?
Failure is its own punishment.
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I'm not afraid of death. I'm only scared of being alone when I get there.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2016

I have water for you here, Yeshua. That's what your mother calls you, isn't it? Any name that's good enough for Mary is good enough for me.
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What is Jerusalem like?
-Dirty and corrupt. But also alive. Very alive.
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-alking to your father is like talking to a rock. He's so busy with his little things, the shape of a drop of dew, the sound roots make breaking their way through the ground. Everything matters more to him than you.
-No. My father loves me.
He is amused by you. He loves himself only.
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Are you one of those preachers? Looking for something here in the desert that you can't find anywhere else?
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I don't want to waste my time here.
-Wasting life is a sin.
I want to leave my footprint on the world.

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