Last Days in the Desert

Synopsis: Ewan McGregor is Jesus - and the Devil - in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): Rodrigo García
Production: American Zoetrope
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min


where are you?


speak to me.

I have water for you here, Yeshua.

That's what your mother

calls you, isn't it?

Any name that's good enough for Mary

is good enough for me.

And what does your father call you?



I'm looking for water. I can work for it.

- What can you do?

- Whatever's needed.

You're building up here.

I know carpentry and stone.

- Where are you headed?

- Jerusalem, but I'm a little lost.

Where are you coming from?

From spending time in the desert.

Why? There's nothing here.

What is Jerusalem like?

Dirty and corrupt.

But also alive. Very alive.

- Do you have a father?

- Yes. He's out.

- He'll ask me if I offered you food.

- That's not necessary.

Thank you.

Stay. Please. Rest for a while.

Talking to your father

is like talking to a rock.

He's so busy with his little things,

the shape of a drop of dew,

the sound roots make breaking

their way through the ground.

Everything matters more to him than you.


My father loves me.

He is amused by you.

He loves himself only.

Are you lost?


Are you one of those preachers?

Looking for something here in the desert

that you can't find anywhere else?

How long have you been out here, holy man?

Since the last full moon.

Maybe a little longer.


No. You people are never alone.

Some spirit or something

is always with you, isn't it?

Tell me one thing you've learned out here,

and I'll offer you shelter for the night.

- Oh, that's not necessary.

- Please. It would give me pleasure.

Man makes do anywhere.

Because he is man.


Give me a hand with this.

Thank you.

- There's no need to wait for her.

- I don't mean to offend, but I'm fasting.

What is it?

She thinks it's funny

that she wants to eat but can't...

and our guest, who can, won't.

What are you building up there?

A house for me to live in.

My father wants me to stay here.

To help him make something of this place.

Is that what you want?

What is it that you want?

I want to go to Jerusalem.

And I want to see the sea.

And I want to see

the lighthouse at Alexandria.

And does your father know that?


Why don't you talk to him about it?

I've seen Jerusalem.

I've walked away without my father

knowing and I've seen it from a ridge.

It shines in the sun and I want it

so much, I could scream.

I don't want to waste my time here.

Wasting life is a sin.

I want to leave my footprint on the world.

Come, holy man.

Oh, this isn't necessary.

I can sleep outside.

No. She won't bother you.



I've committed a horrible sin.

My son is not my husband's son.

I don't want to die...

and leave this lie behind me.

I don't want my son trapped here forever.

Help me, please.

In your holy man comings-and-goings...

have you learned any medicine?

Cures are the only things worth seeking.

For pain... suffering.

The rest is just...

This boy is good

at taking care of the sick.

He's had practice, unfortunately.

If he had come into this world somewhere

else, he could have made it his life's work.

And what did you want for yourself

when you were a boy?

I wanted to raise livestock...

and be a butcher, like my father.

He never taught me any of it, though.

He said it had taken him years and years

to master the skill on his own,

and he wasn't just going to give it away.

"Every man must make himself. "

I heard that a thousand times.

He was a selfish man.

And he died alone.

What does your father do?

Ask for permission

when you address a guest, boy.

That's all right. We spoke some yesterday.

My father's a carpenter.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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