Monday, March 20, 2017

Next Year in Jerusalem (1997)

Director: David Nahmod

Stars: Peter J. Byrnes, LinDel Sandlin, Colleen O'Neil

The oldest son in an orthodox Jewish family is living at home, in Brooklyn with his parents and younger brothers. He's being pressured by his parents to marry the girl they have chosen, the daughter of a rabbi. But he is coming to the realization that he is gay. When he becomes reacquainted with a school hood friend that has moved into Greenwich Village and come out at least to himself, our hero begins to come out to himself as well.

I really did enjoy the story of this movie. It was really interesting. You have two men raised in the same Synagogue and their families are friends. One of the men left the church completely and the other man has stand in the church and the closet. The story is sweet.

The problems with this low budget indie are many. Like I said, the story is pretty good. The acting is the worst part of the entire movie. The performances in this movie were so flat it was almost laughable. The camera work and the cinematography could have been enhanced just by getting a steady cam. I know it was in the late 90s, but they could have improved the look of the movie. They could have even found a better looking cast while they were at it. The two main actors were not the most attractive men that you could find. I mean is there a shortage of gay actors in NYC. I don't think so. Even the sets were really ugly in this movie.

This movie needed lots of help. It just was not worth watching at all. The story was good, but they just messed it all up with the bad acting and bad sets. I watched it, so you don't have to.
Next Year in Jerusalem (1997) Full Movie

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