Erin Richter
June 29, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Body (Book - Richard Ben Sapir)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/20/01
performer
Antonio Banderas, Derek Jacobi, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng, Makram Khoury, John Shrapnel, John Wood
director
Jonas McCord
Producers
Behaviour Worldwide, Green Moon Productions
distributor
TriStar Pictures
author
Jonas McCord
genre
Drama

We gave it a C

Pay no heed to the foreboding title. The eeriest part of writer-director Jonas McCord’s biblical Euro-thriller is Antonio Banderas’ genuinely affecting portrayal of a faith-challenged priest/sexy ex- soldier. Sent to present-day Israel to determine if the skeletal remains discovered by an angelic archaeologist (Rushmore’s Williams) are those of Jesus, he wrestles with the fact that his verdict may drive a nail through the heart of Christianity and Israeli-Palestinian relations. With its genre twist and curious character elements, The Body breathes with intrigue and promise, but gets buried under the weight of its ambition.

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