Jezus is een Palestijn (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama, Romantic Comedy, Satire  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Jezus is een Palestijn is a satire on the end of the century obsession with spirituality. The story follows Ramses Hans Teeuwen, a 25 year old member of a religious sect that uses piercing as its spiritual profession. For eight years, Ramses has been living like a hermit in an agricultural commune. Now he returns to Amsterdam to visit his dying father. His younger sister Natasja (Kim van Kooten of Little Sister fame) comes to pick him up. As soon as he leaves the commune, he falls in love with Lonneke (Dijn Blom, the roommate of his sister, and he has to make a choice between celibacy and relationship. He then finds out that his father isn't actually dying, and when faced with adult decision making, he has to consult his Guru. Director Lodewijk Crijns who is known for his fake documentaries Kutzooi and La Rouge, wanted to explore the motivation of a person who would convert to a new faith at a certain point in their life, which often is a point of crisis. The end result is a parody of fashion trends that pass as spirituality in our modern Western culture. Jezus is een Palestijn had its world premiere at the 1999 Rotterdam International Film Festival.