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      Crocodile Gennadiy

      2015, Documentary, 1h 40m

      44 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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      Almost Holy offers a close-up look at a fascinating figure whose controversial work and extraordinary story pack the narrative punch of a well-written drama. Read critic reviews

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      Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko takes homeless, drug-addicted children off the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine.

      • Rating: R (Sexual References|Disturbing Content|Language|Drugs and Alcohol)

      • Genre: Documentary

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Steve Hoover

      • Producer: Danny Yourd

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $11.7K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: The Orchard

      • Production Co: Animal

      • Sound Mix: SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS

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      Terrence Malick
      Nicolas Gonda
      Michael Killen
      Kathy Dziubek
      Jim Kreitzburg
      John Pope
      Steve Hoover
      Atticus Ross
      Leopold Ross
      Bobby Krlic

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      • Jun 26, 2016

        A compelling character study into a gritty modern day Saint in the Ukraine. A film that really studies the true nature of moral vigilante justice and the costs of its deliverance. This is not simply a singular quest to avenge a wrong in a fireworks display of violence and satiation, but a life's mission to confront the moral and social failing of a deeply damaged society and the toll that mission takes on the man. The film is well shot and beautifully captures the gray depressing sights of Mariupol. Ominous smoke stacks burn perpetually in the background alongside shattered and neglected school yards, a glimpse into the priorities of the social order. Everyone is generally content to empower this pastor to continue his work and only mildly criticize his vigilante nature, but little is done to combat the systemic cause of all the suffering. The tone of the film is relentless in its despair and offering only brief glimmers of hope. The somber message is, however, delivered with subtlety, so the film is not overly weighed down to the point of being despondent. I think the best way to describe the film is that there is taint to all of the work the pastor must complete that is echoed in the filming and subtle recurring themes showcased. This really highlights the unspoken burden and toll of being a person who goes beyond the law to right wrongs. There is no particular clean glory in being a true moral vigilante. Stylized vengeance is a cheap moment, a life filling the void of ordered society is a different sort of justice. It is darker and much more unsettling. There is a tendency to aggrandize and sanctify the business of helping the truly downtrodden, it is referred to as a holy or wholly pure activity. The title of the film is well chosen in that it captures the real nature of moral vigilantism as exemplified by the character being studied. There is an interesting recurring theme with water and ritual cleansing that really develops the film's message and the pastor's life. Despite all the water and ritual, the unsettling taint of forces that necessitate his work are never fully washed away. There is no way to "fully clean one's soul", Genniady notes in the film.

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