By Erin Richter
June 29, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Body (Book - Richard Ben Sapir)

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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.

The Body (Book - Richard Ben Sapir)

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  • PG-13
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  • 100 minutes
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