Synopsis by Mark Deming
A former soldier finds himself in a new land and dealing with unfamiliar attitudes in this independent drama from filmmaker R. Alverson. Born and raised in Ireland, Sean (Colm O'Leary) came to the United States and joined the Army, serving a hitch in Afghanistan. After receiving his discharge, Sean settles in Richmond, Virginia, where he feels like an outsider in his new environment. Sean takes a job at a tire shop and meets fellow employee Ike (Will Oldham), who immediately takes an interest in Sean. While the former soldier is a man who has seen a bit of the world and is open to hearing the ideas of others, Ike's focus in life is more straightforward -- he is a born again Christian who believes Jesus is the guide on the only path worth taking. While Sean doesn't seem to share Ike's beliefs, he's too diplomatic to tell his new friend that, and he finds himself led aggressively into Ike's version of faith despite his misgivings. New Jerusalem received its North American premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Afghanistan, Christianity, faith, immigrant, soldier, United-States, Utopia