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The Gospel According to Harry (1992)

Cast: Jack Kehoe, Jennifer Rubin, Viggo Mortensen
Director: Lech Majewski
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Cult, Drama, Foreign, Poland, Experimental/Avant-Garde, Eastern Europe
Running Time: 81 min.
Subtitles: English

Combining the theatrical surrealism of Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, the pop-art playfulness of Richard Lester, scathing social critique, genuine pathos and the mind-boggling imagery for which writer-director Lech Majewski (The Garden of Earthly Delights) is renowned, Gospel According to Harry is a wholly original cinematic tour de force. Years before the Lord of the Rings trilogy catapulted him to international superstardom, Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) played Wes, a young husband locked in co-dependent discontent with his beautiful and needy wife Karen (Jennifer Rubin - The Doors, Nightmare On Elm Street III). Their future prospects as barren as the sun-bleached dunes that are the surreal setting for their one room existence, Wes and Karen go through the dehumanizing motions of a modern life in which happiness is as ephemeral and elusive as the grains of sand beneath their feet.

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This One's Enough to Bring Me Back to the Bible by talltale August 16, 2008 - 11:17 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Kino International is currently treating the USA to the work of filmmaker Lech Majewski. Having seen two of his films-- GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HARRY and "The Garden of Earthly Delights," I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why. A more pompous, pretentious and pedestrian moviemaker I don't think I've encountered. "Gospel," filmed in 1993, stars a thin, handsome and younger-than-we-usually-see-him Viggo Mortensen; a gorgeous Jennifer Rubin, missing from films and TV since 2001; a wry Jack Kehoe and a rarely-seen Rita Tushingham. Reason to watch this infantile silliness ends with the cast. Majewski's lame attempts at satire are plain awful; even back in the early 90s they must have appeared tired (setting up housekeeping in the desert and vacuuming the sand? Please.) There is a certain "how-bad-can-things-get?" quality that may keep you glued to the proceedings. But, really, haven't you more important things on your plate? Maybe walk the dog or wash the car....

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